‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Glen Campbell Dies After The Battle Of Alzheimer

Glen Travis Campbell brought country music. He saw success prior to embarking on a solo career which included smashes Gentle On My Head, Galveston, Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy and that landed him.

Campbell died at 81, according to some Universal Music publicist.

Plumley issued this statement from Campbell’s family: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the departure of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, in age 81, following his lengthy and brave struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Campbell was born in Delight, Ark., the seventh son of a seventh son in a farming family.

“I spent the first parts of my life taking a look at the north end of a southbound mule and it did not take long to work out that a guitar has been a whole lot lighter than a plow handle,” he said in a late 1970s press biography.

Each member of Campbell’s family played guitar, and he received a $5 Sears & Roebuck guitar when he was 4 years old. He was a prodigy, internalizing music which ranged from state that is simple to jazz. He dropped out of college abandoned Arkansas and played at a New Mexico-based band headed by his own uncle. He married wife Diane Kirk, though that union lasted fewer than three decades.

Campbell met Billie Nunley, who soon became his wife, while playing an Albuquerque club known as the Hitching Post. The newlyweds left for California in 1960, riding with a trailer full of meager possessions and $ 300 to Los Angeles at a 1957 Chevrolet. Campbell found work playing such as The Champs, a group that included Jim Seals and Dash Crofts, who would become the hit-making duo Seals & Crofts.

Campbell’s guitar acumen and flexibility made him an important participant on Los Angeles’ recording scene from the 1960s, and he contributed to sessions for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rick Nelson, The Mamas and The Papas, Merle Haggard and more. Campbell couldn’t read audio, but he became a first-call player. He played rsquo & Elvis Presley;s Viva Las Vegas, The Monkees’ I’m  a Believer, Frank Sinatra&rsquo. He toured with the Beach Boys in 1965 as a replacement for the band & rsquo; s chief, and played with 12-string guitar about the Beach Boys & rsquo; Sloop John B.

Campbell was encouraged to join with the Beach Boys as a full-time member in 1965, but he declined. After that, he was set on establishing a solo career.

After Documenting a Small hit in 1961 with Turn About – Consider Me , Campbell signed releasing Big Bluegrass Special.

His early records received little attention or acclaim, but he broke initially hit Burning Bridges, but most especially with a version of his buddy the masterpiece of John Hartford’s drifter Gentle On My Head.

The tune did not ascend to the peak of the Billboard country charts, but it was performing rights organization BMI’s most-played song of 1970 and 1969. In 1999, BMI ranked Gentle as the 16th song of the century, and the second most-played country song of the century in any genre.  

Campbell’s affable stage presence and camera-ready seems made him a natural for television.  

“Someday, in the very near future, this gifted young guy is going to get his own television show,” said comedian Joey Bishop in 1967, introducing Campbell on a late-night variety series. Tommy Smothers of musical comedy act The Smothers Brothers listened and watched with attention. In addition, he watched as Campbell’s follow-up to moderate, From the Time I Get to Phoenix, reached No. 2 on the Billboard country chart and No. 26 on the all-genre graph. In early 1968, Campbell won two Grammy awards for his recording of Gentle On My Mind   and two for By the Time I Get to Phoenix, and the Smothers Brothers declared that Campbell would host his own television show televised on CBS.

Campbell’s show began as The Summer Brothers Smothers Show, a summer replacement and it ran as a weekly variety show through June of 1972 from January of 1969. Campbell would sing the opening lines of Gentle and announce that they were seeing The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

“I’d records before that, but when the TV series started everything really took away,” Campbell told The (Nashville) Tennessean in 2005. “I utilized that series to find every nation act I could on television. ”