Glen Campbell passed away Tuesday afternoon (August 8th) after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The iconic singer, known for such classic songs as “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Southern Nights” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” was 81. The Country Music Hall of Famer was an inspiration and musical hero to many of today’s country stars.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81 https://t.co/zSv4RqjK4H
— Glen Campbell (@GlenCampbell) August 8, 2017
Glen Campbell… The artist. The songwriter. The musician. The man. Music will never be the same. Missing the Rhinestone Cowboy already!
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) August 8, 2017
The world lost a little sparkle today. Rest in rhinestoned peace, @GlenCampbell 💎 You inspired me so much.
— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) August 8, 2017
Glen Campbell was one of the finest musicians to ever grace country music. Hell, ALL music for that matter. Thanks for all you've done Glen.
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) August 8, 2017
Rest in peace, Glen Campbell https://t.co/UPBbDkskMJ
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) August 8, 2017
— Alan Jackson (@OfficialJackson) August 8, 2017
Keith Urban, who cites Glen as one of his musical idols, posted a heartfelt message about the legendary performer.
“What a powerful artistic and personal journey Glen Campbell’s passage has been. As a role model, singing guitar player he was a big influence on me.
His blend of genres created his own sound and style and his ability to entertain wasn’t limited to the stage. He blazed real trails through film (and especially television) where his charismatic southern charm and personality fit perfectly.
The night I won my first country music award, I got back to my hotel room and there was a fax on the floor.
“Welcome to the award winning world kid. You got it.” Glen Campbell.
Universal music, universal stories, universal spirit. No wonder he was a global superstar. I love Glen for so many reasons – but above all, for his humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim and all of his extended family today. May peace be with you all. Go rest high on that mountain, Glen.” – KU
I love Glen for so many reasons – but above all, for his humanity. Go rest high on that mountain, Glen. – KU https://t.co/mJQseVHST5
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) August 9, 2017
Keith performed at last year’s 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ for a special tribute to Glen Campbell, who was honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award. Dierks Bentley also performed during the tribute, who said “He just has a way of performing that I’ve always felt like he’s one of those guys that if all of the power went out and there was no PA system and no band behind you and it just had to be just you and a guitar, he could entertain that crowd just as well as if they had all of the lights and production, and it’s Glen. He’s such a great singer, great musician and so funny, and such a great storyteller. He really carved out his niche. There’s no one that’ll ever sound like him – a classic legend.”
Thank you Glen Campbell for all you did for country music. You will be so very missed. pic.twitter.com/vsMaGw3N0i
— Eric Paslay (@ericpaslay) August 8, 2017
Glen Campbell is legendary, timeless & will forever have a huge mark on country music. We send our love and prayers to his family & friends.
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) August 9, 2017
— Charles Kelley (@charleskelleyla) August 8, 2017
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) August 9, 2017
We lost a legend today. Thank you for your music, @GlenCampbell. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
— Easton Corbin (@eastoncorbin) August 8, 2017
Keith Urban (Glen Campbell) OC: …guitar player. :22
“I’ve always been a fan of what I like to call Guitartists, you know those guitar artists like Glen Campbell who’s probably one of my biggest influences. Those guys who knew a good song, had a great voice and played great and you know, just the all-around guys with the guitar you know? ‘Cause when you think of Glen Campbell you think off, I think of ‘Galveston’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’ then I also think of him being a phenomenal guitar player.”