Music World Mourns Glen Campbell

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Musicians and singers, as well as stars from other entertainment realms paid tribute today to Glen Campbell, who died August 8 in Nashville following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Jimmy Webb, whose songs “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston,” Campbell sung so lovingly, wrote on his Facebook page: “Well, that moment has come that we have known was an inevitable certainty and yet stings like a sudden catastrophe. My friend, my brother in music, Glen Campbell has passed. He spoke my name from ten thousand stages. He was my big brother, my protector, my co-culprit.”

On Twitter, Dolly Parton called him “one of the greatest voices of all time” in this video…

Campbell’s daughter, the musician Ashley Campbell, shared a tender photo

Steve Martin paid tribute to his “first employer as a writer” and shared his own performance on banjo from Campbell’s TV series

 

Alice Cooper shared his admiration in an interview with the Fox TV affiliate in Phoenix. “You think of Glen… country… Alice Cooper… rock ‘n’ roll. We couldn’t have been closer. He was one of the premier guitar players. He was considered one of the five best guitar players out there.”

Brian Wilson employed the Los Angeles-based musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, of which Campbell was a prominent member, on many Beach Boys recordings.

Stone Temple Pilots shared a video of their performance with Campbell on one of his biggest hits

Kenny Rogers shared a great story: “Glen played on almost all First Edition music. He played a dynamic riff on the guitar that was trend setting. I also shot a few of his album covers back in the day and, at the time, I never knew people were paid to do that, but a few weeks later I received a check in the mail that was unexpected. I’ll never forget that. He was a good friend and it breaks my heart that he’s not here to contribute to music anymore.”

Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, said in a statement: “Glen Campbell was a gentleman and a joy to work with. He played guitar and sang with Leon Russell and David Gates on my first records in Hollywood. He will be mourned and always loved by so many.”

Chet Atkins, Campbell and Steve Wariner (Used with permission_

Country star Steve Wariner said in a statement: “God Bless you Glen! When I was young I wanted to sing, play, even comb my hair like Glen Campbell! The most naturally gifted human I’ve ever been around. He was simply amazing, we’ll miss you ole pal.”

Roy Clark talked about his “brother”: “He was an incredible voice, incredible musician, incredible friend, movie star and recording artist. We had so much fun together, and sort of grew up together in our music and our careers. There were so many memories that only he and I shared.”

Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy, wrote: “Six-time GRAMMY® winner Glen Campbell was, and always will be, an American treasure. As an artist, his remarkable voice, top-level guitar work, and dazzling showmanship shot him to superstardom in the 1960s, and he became one of the most successful pop/country crossover artists of all time.

“Glen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy™ in 2012 and we’ll always cherish his historic appearance at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in 2012, one of his last performances. We have lost an icon who will be greatly missed.”

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  1. johnmac
    #1 johnmac 8 August, 2017, 20:36

    Although as I started out to be a musician,because the Beatles, Glen Campbell had a very important effect on my tastes in music. He had many of the bands of the day on his show, but the part I truly loved was the informal sit down with a few guys, just singing and playing, I loved it and had always wanted to do the same. An amazing guitar player, and great vocalist with a huge range… a very special talent, so glad I got to see him on his last tour, and the show was excellent in every way. God Bless you Glen and all the people you touched with the talent God Gave to you, and allowed us to share..

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