Glen Campbell dies, aged 81
Country music legend Glen Campbell, best-known for hits such as 'Wichita Lineman' and 'Rhinestone Cowboy', has died, aged 81. A statement released last night by Campbell's family read: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather.”
Campbell's death comes after a years-long battle with Alzheimer's disease, but even after his diagnosis Campbell continued to work, organising a farewell tour shortly after he was diagnosed in 2011 and releasing several albums, the most recent being his final send-off Adiós, released in June this year.
Born in Arkansas in April 1936, Campbell's long and varied career began in earnest in the early 1960s, when the guitarist and singer moved to Los Angeles and became one of the elite group of session musicians often referred to as 'The Wrecking Crew', performing on records by a diverse range of artists that included Frank Sinatra, The Monkees and Elvis Presley, among many others, as well as briefly becoming a touring member of The Beach Boys.
But despite being one of the most in-demand session guitarists in the music business, Campbell always had ambitions to make it under his own name and finally began scoring hits of his own in the late 1960s, with a string of songs such as 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', 'Gentle On My Mind' and 'Wichita Lineman'. His success continued into the 1970s and beyond, with Campbell forming a successful partnership with songwriter Jimmy Webb and became the host of his own primetime TV show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which ran from 1969 to 1972.
In addition to a string of Grammy awards and his inclusion in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Campbell also enjoyed a successful career as an actor, landing roles in films like True Grit and earning nominations at the Oscars and the Golden Globes for both his music and his acting.
Following the news of his death, Dolly Parton led a string of tributes which have poured in on social media, some of which you can find below. Campbell leaves behind a loving family and our thoughts go out to them and those close to him.
Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen! pic.twitter.com/LQFEWA42lF— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) 8 August 2017
I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I'm at a loss. Love & Mercy.— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) 8 August 2017
So very sad about the passing of dear friend, Glen Campbell. I will have more words soon on my facebook page soon. pic.twitter.com/CXnb3PJUw0— Jimmy Webb (@realjimmywebb) 8 August 2017
Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) 8 August 2017
RIP, Glen. You were my first employer as a writer. We were all in awe of your musicality. https://t.co/WjvYWGNGl7— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) 8 August 2017
Dear Glen Campbell Rest In Peace As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known.— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) 8 August 2017
Country music will never be the same. Sending love to Glen Campbell’s family. pic.twitter.com/NMT5b7s7U3— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) 8 August 2017
We say goodbye to the great Glen Campbell. But in out hearts we know that the Wichita lineman is still on the line— Simon Le Bon (@SimonJCLeBON) 9 August 2017