Campbell died at age 81 on Tuesday after battling Alzheimer's disease for several years. His guitar work can be heard on songs that have defined American music including Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In the Night", Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas", the Monkees "I'm A Believer" and the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B".
Campbell's passing gives us another opportunity to honor those who are fighting the disease, those who are looking for a treatment and those who care for a loved one who has it. After hearing about his unfortunate death at age 81 on Tuesday, those two songs came back to mind again and I began humming them to myself and playing Mr. Campbell's old video performances of them on YouTube. "Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell".
Ashley followed in her father's footsteps as a country singer-songwriter, additionally shared a photo of her clutching the hand of her father, who rose to prominence as one of the most popular genre acts of the 20th century. But he sang all his great hits with sincerity and effort, and I remember enjoying the concert greatly. The legendary musician released the final album of his career, Adios, in June. At the end Urban goes full-on fan as he grins and shouts, "Glen Campbell, ladies and gentlemen!" Glen Campbell. It seems this year has been filled with these moments where we've lost people that have enriched our lives with their pure talent.
Lenny Kravitz: "Besides being an unbelievable 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". "But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused onstage, I wouldn't want people to think, 'What's the matter with him?"
He toured with The Beach Boys in 1964 after singer Brian Wilson temporarily retired from the band. "We all admired you". In fact, I was probably five when I learned and memorized all of the words to "Rhinestone Cowboy".
Webb also pointed that he had great respect for Campbell for deciding to tour late in his life, despite struggling with the effects of Alzheimer's. A wonderful musician and a person more incredible. I said 'that's you.' He said 'that's me? If it was a just and righteous world, Glen would be credited as one of the great, seminal influences of all time. She said at that time that Campbell was in his final stages of the disease.
Campbell, who also hosted music and comedy shows on TV, saw his career go up further in the 1970s with hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Southern Nights (both US No.1 hits), and Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.) but also picked up an alcohol and drug addiction and a string of divorces and affairs.