Glen Campbell has died, aged 81

10 August, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Singer Glen Campbell dies at age 81

The Rhinestone Cowboy picked up a $5 department store guitar at 4 years old, and the rest is history.

"One of the greatest musicians, singers, entertainers, and lovely human beings has left this life for the next life where no disease is allowed to enter, thank God!" Webb described it as an anti-war song about a soldier preparing to go into battle thinking about the woman he loves in his hometown of Galveston. "Much love and prayers for you all".

Lenny Kravitz: "Besides being an wonderful solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician - as part of the Wrecking Crew - playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra". So I got that, at least.

"Songs, songs, songs. Man, in a world of good stuff, his was great, in a world of great stuff, his was special!"

Campbell, whose death at 81 was perpetuated by six years of intense struggle with Alzheimer's disease, was an accomplished guitarist on the 1960s pop scene with the Beach Boys before successfully moving into country as a solo artiste. The set opened with a song Mr. Campbell wrote, "Less of Me", that caught his generous spirit.

Campbell died in Nashville at an Alzheimer's facility surrounded by his family, his publicist Sanford Brokaw said.

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He told the crowd, "I'm going to play this song with more love than precision". What many people do not know is that he did not read music but had an auditory eidetic memory. "I thought it was my autobiography set to song", he wrote in his autobiography of the same name, "Rhinestone Cowboy".

Interpretation was one of Campbell's key gifts.

In 1964, when Brian Wilson stepped down from performing with The Beach Boys, Campbell replaced him on bass and high harmonies. "He will be missed". He could do it all. Many of them remain standards to this day. Glen was such a talented, great guy.

"A huge loss to his family, the fans and also country music".

Darius Rucker: "Glen Campbell".

Glen Campbell is the rare entertainer who got to say goodbye to his life and career in every way he knew how. He had a look of amazement on his face and said, 'Really?Wow.' He was genuinely surprised.

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Derry woman Erin Hutcheon was there with her father when he played in the Rialto Theatre.

"One of our heroes is gone. We'll do the remembering now Glen", he shared. He moved us with his star presence, unforgettable songs and world class musicianship. "He was a great guy and we had a lot of fun".

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Glen Campbell".

Campbell took up golf in his mid-20s and it became a passion for him. "Thankful to have known him". In the spring of 1982, I happened to see that Glen Campbell would be playing at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta, so a friend and I went to hear him. On the verge of being dropped from Capitol Records in 1966 when Campbell fortunes saw an upswing as he teamed up with producer and former "Wrecking Crew" colleague Al De Lory.

He revolutionized country music, became a movie and television star, battled drugs and put up a heroic fight against Alzheimer's disease.

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