Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell Dies

Country Pop music legend Glen Campbell died August 8 in Nashville, Tennessee as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 81.

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The six time Grammy Award winning Campbell charted dozens of hit songs but is often best known for chart toppers “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Gentle on My Mind”, “Galveston”, “Wichita Lineman”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, and the Allen Toussaint penned song “Southern Nights”.

While his music has appeared in numerous productions including “True Grit”, “Any Which Way You Can”, “The Simpsons”, “Roswell”, “Felicity”, “True Blood”, and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2”; Campbell himself has appeared nearly 200 times on television in award shows, documentaries, talk shows, variety show and specials, late night talk shows, and game shows including his own television variety series.

Along with his Grammy Awards, Campbell has been inducted into the Country Music and Musicians Halls of Fame, has three songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame, has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, has received eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, has two Country Music Association Awards, three American Music Awards, and three Dove Awards for Gospel music.

Releasing dozens of albums throughout his career, Campbell released his final album – a farewell to his fans “Adios” in June. He recorded the album after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2011 when he could still perform.

Appearing over 100 times on various television programs, including his own show, Campbell was a popular draw. In a 2011 interview Campbell attributed that popularity to some advice given to him by his father, “be nice, son, and don’t cuss. And be nice to people.”

His musical contributions were not limited to solo productions and fellow Country music artists; during his career Campbell has shared the stage and recording studio with numerous artists including daughter Ashley, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, The Champs, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, the Crystals, Frank Sinatra, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Lou Rawls, Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard and Bobby Vee. In 1963 he as a session player sat in on over 500 sessions.

He was born Glen Travis Campbell on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas the youngest of 12 children to a sharecropper. He was only four years old when he began playing the guitar. He even serenaded his classmates – especially the girls – in kindergarten. The young prodigy began performing when he was still a teen.

He is survived by his fourth wife Kim, children – Cal, Shannon, Ashley, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon, 10 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and siblings – Barbara, Sandra, Jane, John Wallace, and Gerald.

Glen Campbell discography:
“Big Bluegrass Special”
“Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry”
“Swingin’ 12 String Guitar”
“The Big Bad Rock Guitar of Glen Campbell”
“The Astounding 12-String Guitar”
“Mr. 12 String Guitar”
“By the Time I Get to Phoenix”
“Gentle on My Mind”
“Burning Bridges”
“Wichita Lineman”
“That Christmas Feeling”
“A New Place in the Sun”
“Hey, Little One”
“Country Soul”
“Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell”
“Where’s the Playground Susie”
“True Grit”
“Glen Campbell Live”
“Country Music Star No 1”
“Try a Little Kindness”
“Oh Happy Day”
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Album”
“Satisfied Mind”
“The Last Time I Saw Her”
“Christmas with Glen Campbell”
“Anne Murray/Glen Campbell”
“Glen Travis Campbell”
“I Remember Hank Williams”
“I Knew Jesus (Before He was a Star)”
“Glen Campbell”
“Reunion: The Songs of Jimmy Webb”
“Houston (I’m Comin’ to See You)”
“Live in Japan”
“I’ll Paint You a Song”
“Rhinestone Cowboy”
“Southern Nights”
“Live at the Royal Festival Hall”
“Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like”
“It’s the World Gone Crazy”
“Old Home Town”
“Letter to Home”
“It’s Just a Matter of Time”
“Still Within the Sound of My Voice”
Light Years”
“Unconditional Love”
“No More Night”
“Country Boy”
“I Guess I Just Missed You”
“Walkin’ in the Sun”
“Limited Collector’s Edition”
“Merry Christmas”
“Show Me Your Way”
“Favorite Hymns”
“Wings of Victory”
“Live in London”
“Somebody Like That”
“The Boy in Me”
“Glen Campbell Live! His Greatest Hits”
“Branson City Limits”
“Home for the Holidays”
“A Glen Campbell Christmas”
“Meet Glen Campbell”
“Ghost on the Canvas”
“See You There”
“I’ll Be Me” original soundtrack

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