Icon Glen Campbell passed away yesterday at the age of 81 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.
He’s best remembered for a string of hits that ran from the mid-’60s to the late ’80s like: “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “Southern Nights.” He was also famous for “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” a TV variety show that ran from 1969 to 1972.
An accomplished guitarist, he was also a member of L.A.’s vaunted Wrecking Crew, which backed the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, The Byrds, and The Righteous Brothers on some of their biggest singles. As Rolling Stone notes, Campbell appeared on 586 tracks in 1963 alone, and filled in for Brian Wilson in The Beach Boys in 1964 after Wilson had a nervous breakdown.
Brad Paisley tweeted out: Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways.
Dolly Parton tweeted: Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen.
He had eight children from four marriages, and struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction throughout his life. During his battle with Alzheimer’s, he allowed a film crew to tail him during his final tour, which resulted in the touching documentary I’ll Be Me.
Last night’s dish washing music was supplied by the late great Glen Campbell. My Aunt Jessie in Boston had the Rhinestone Cowboy album, I played it over and over during our 1976 visit.
Rest in Classic Country Peace Glen Campbell, thanks for the music!
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