Tributes Paid To American Country Singer Glen Campbell

Wednesday, 09 Aug, 2017

The country music icon has sadly died at age 81, a rep for Glen's record label, Universal Music Group, confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Singer and guitarist Glen Campbell, whose biggest hits included "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy", has died. He released over 70 albums, sold 50 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.

Born in Arkansas in 1936, Campbell headed west as a teenager to pursue a career in music, landing first in Albuquerque, where he played in his uncle's country and western band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys.

In 2011, the then 75-year-old singer announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, revealing he had suffered from short-term memory loss for years.

"He had that attractive tenor with a crystal-clear guitar sound, playing lines that were so inventive", Tom Petty told Rolling Stone during a 2011 profile of Campbell. A guest-hosting spot on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour led to his own Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which in turn helped him land a role in John Wayne's True Grit.

Campbell would go on to record and perform with artists like the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and Merle Haggard.

Campbell's final studio album, "Adios", was released June 9, 2017.

"I love Glen for so many reasons - but above all, for his humanity".

Ashley Campbell, also a musician, made a quest appearance and said making the album was "therapeutic".

Singer Glen Campbell plays guitar as host of the NBC television show "The Midnight Special" which was broadcast on October 24, 1975.

Campbell's status as one of country's all-time greats was solidified by '70s smashes like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights". Campbell earned acclaim for his performance as a fresh-faced Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, who joins forces with John Wayne's grizzled USA marshal to track down a killer.

Glen's success in the music industry is apparent with his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Hundreds of #Celebrities, politicians, friends, and musicians reacted with tributes and condolences on social media.

Campbell's final tour, and battle with Alzheimer's, was documented in the critically lauded 2014 film Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.