|Hit Singer and Guitarist, Glen Campbell, Dies At 81|
Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died, his family announced on Facebook on Tuesday. He was 81.
Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love. pic.twitter.com/1Z8mm8Jzth
— Ashley Campbell (@ashcambanjo) August 8, 2017
for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-’60s to the
late ’80s: “Gentle on My Mind,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get
to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights” and “The
Hand That Rocks the Cradle” among them.
fit in neatly on both pop and country radio, with two of them —
“Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights” — hitting No. 1 on the
Billboard Hot 100.
he became a solo star, Campbell was one of the music business’ most
in-demand session guitarists, known for his astonishing speed and his
of L.A. session musicians that included Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, Larry
Knechtel and Carol Kaye. The crack band played on records by Phil
Spector, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the Monkees, the Beach Boys and
fretwork on the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and “Help Me Rhonda,”
Sinatra’s “Something in the Night” and Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,”
among hundreds of recordings.
versatility was a necessity to get work and stay fresh, Campbell said
in an interview. As a teenager, he was in a band with his uncle and the
group had a regular radio gig.
“We had a five-day-a-week radio show, six, seven years. You use up a
lot of material doing that. We did everything from country to pop, when
rock came along.”
you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May
you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten,” said fellow
country star Charlie Daniels.
my dear old friend Glen Campbell. Music has lost a giant of a man & a
talent. I shall be forever grateful for everything he did for me,” said
singer Anne Murray.
daughter, Ashley Campbell, said she is “heartbroken. I owe him
everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so
well and with so much love.”