Legendary Country Artist Passed Away After Struggle with Alzheimer's Disease
ALL ACCESS is saddened to report the passing of legendary Country artist GLEN CAMPBELL this AFTERNOON (8/8), following a long fight against Alzheimer's disease. CAMPBELL was 81.
CAMPBELL began his professional career in music as a member of the famed WRECKING CREW, a group of outstanding studio musicians in LOS ANGELES playing on recordings by BOBBY DARIN, RICKY NELSON, DEAN MARTIN, FRANK SINATRA, JAN AND DEAN, ELVIS PRESLEY, NAT KING COLE, THE MONKEES, NANCY SINATRA, and PHIL SPECTOR, while also performing for a group called THE CHAMPS. CAMPBELL also played on the BEACH BOYS' "Pet Sounds" album and was a touring member of the band.
During a half-century as a performer, the small-town ARKANSAS son of a sharecropper – the seventh son of 12 children – released more than 70 albums; sold 45 million records; and accumulated 12 RIAA GOLD albums, four PLATINUM, and one DOUBLE-PLATINUM, placing a total of 80 different songs on either the BILLBOARD Country, Top 40, or Adult Contemporary charts, nine of them at #1. An expert interpreter of material, his hits included versions of JOHN HARTFORD’s “Gentle On My Mind;” JIMMY WEBB’s “By The Time I Get To PHOENIX,” “WICHITA Lineman,” and “GALVESTON;” LARRY WEISS’ “RHINESTONE COWBOY;” and ALLEN TOUSSAINT’s “SOUTHERN Nights,” infusing them with his characteristic warmth and honesty.
CAMPBELL made history in 1967, winning four GRAMMYS -- two each in Country and Pop -- for “Gentle On My Mind” and “By The Time I Get To PHOENIX,” respectively.
He was named Male Vocalist Of The Year by both the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, while winning Entertainer Of The Year from the former in 1968. CAMPBELL was inducted into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2005.
CAMPBELL was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, a struggle chronicled in the 2014 film, "I'll Be Me," and which followed CAMPBELL and his family during a farewell tour. Earlier this YEAR, CAMPBELL released "Adios," his final studio album.
No information on services have been announced so far. Per a statement from the family via CAMPBELL's FACEBOOK page, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the GLEN CAMPBELL MEMORIAL FUND at BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION here. Donations will support Alzheimer's research.