One of country music’s beloved singer, songwriter, musician, television host, and actor, The Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell, has died today from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease. Campbell, who won five Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was diagnosed with the disease in 2011 at the age of 75. He was living in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer’s patients at the time of his death. Symptoms of the disease had been arising for years as the family has stated in the past but became very apparent as time went on. Campbell made history by going public with his wife Kim, by his side, talking about the diagnosis and what they knew of the disease at that time. Shorty after sharing his diagnosis with the world, he announced his retirement from music after his final “Goodbye Tour,” with his three children in tow as his backup band.
In 2014, Campbell did a documentary entitled, I’ll Be Me, chronicling the biggest battle of his life at home and on the road, during the Goodbye tour. I’ll Be Me, premiered on CNN on June 28, 2015. The time frame on the original tour was only supposed to be a three week engagement but ended up becoming a nationwide emotional and triumphant 151-show. Campbell and his friend Julian Raymond won a Grammy Award as well as being nominated by the Academy Awards, for Best Original song entitled, I’m Not Gonna Miss You.
Campbell’s music spanned decade after decade and he worked with some of the most prominent musicians in the world including the rock band, Stone Temple Pilots. STP bassist and songwriter Robert DeLeo was a fan of Johnny Cash, Jimmy Webb and especially Campbell. Campbell’s son, Cal, introduced the band to his father and soon after, the band was invited by Campbell to record versions of his songs such as Wichita Lineman
and By the Time I Get to Phoenix
with him. But this wasn’t the first time Campbell worked within the rock n’ roll genre.
When Campbell first came to Los Angeles, he was a very sought after session player and became part of a group of studio musicians later known as the Wrecking Crew. His list of credits included playing on early hits by Elvis Presley
, the Monkees
, the Association and the Mamas & the Papas. He also worked with Phil Spector on LP’s by Sonny and Cher
and Jan and Dean.
On March 8, 2016, Rolling Stone, reported that Campbell was living in a Nashville memory care facility and that he was in the “final stages” of his disease. He was unable to communicate with people or understand what people said to him. However, his family stated he was receiving good care and was “happy” and “cheerful.”
Funeral arrangements were not immediately released. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell