Glen Campbell, the legendary country music singer-songwriter, guitarist and movie star, died at age 81 on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Fellow music artists and public figures are paying tribute on Twitter, Instagram and other social media. You can see a roundup of tributes below to the icon who rose to fame in the 1960s and is particularly known for his 1970s signature hit ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ as well as other iconic hits including ‘Gentle on My Mind,’ ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix,’ and ‘Wichita Watchman.’ See the tributes and more details below.
AGlen Campbell’s death in Nashville at an Alzheimer’s facility was confirmed to TMZ by a family source.
Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times obituary:
At the height of his career, Mr. Campbell was one of the biggest names in show business, his appeal based not just on his music but also on his easygoing manner and his apple-cheeked, all-American good looks. From 1969 to 1972 he had his own weekly television show, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.” He sold an estimated 45 million records and had numerous hits on both the pop and country charts. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Decades after Mr. Campbell recorded his biggest hits — including “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston” (all written by Jimmy Webb, his frequent collaborator for nearly 40 years) and “Southern Nights” (1977), written by Allen Toussaint, which went to No. 1 on pop as well as country charts — a resurgence of interest in older country stars brought him back onto radio stations.
Like Bobbie Gentry, with whom he recorded two Top 40 duets, and his friend Roger Miller, Mr. Campbell was a hybrid stylist, a crossover artist at home in both country and pop music. “A change has come over country music lately,” he explained in 1968. “They’re not shuckin’ it right off the cob anymore.”
Here’s a roundup of tributes from his daughter Ashley, as well as fellow music artists, celebrities and public figures.
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