(Undated) — The official website of entertainer Glen Campbell confirms the death of the popular musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and Arkansas native, “following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.”
Campbell was born to a farming family in Pike County, Arkansas, in 1936, one of twelve children. In a 1970s interview, Campbell mentioned that he had “spent the early parts of my life looking at the north end of a southbound mule and it didn’t take long to figure out that a guitar was a lot lighter than a plow handle”.
Campbell began playing guitar at the early young age of four, and, when he was 18, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to become a member of a his Uncle Dick Bills’ band called the Sandia Mountain Boys. When Campbell turned 22, he formed his own band called the “Western Wranglers…then officially initiated his “professional” career by moving to Los Angeles, California in 1960.
Early in Campbell’s professional career, he won hit singles in both country and pop categories for the legendary songs “Gentle on My Mind”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and more. Campbell went on to win Grammy Hall of Fame Awards in 2000, 2004, and 2008, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
By 1969, Campbell had become a household name and became host of his own television variety show on the CBS network called “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour”, which lasted until June 1972. Campbell also appeared in the 1969 movie “True Grit”, an Arkansas-based film, in which he won a Golden Globe nomination for “Most Promising Newcomer”. The title song of the movie was also sung by Campbell, and that song was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Campbell’s half-century in the music business gave him more than 70 albums, selling 45-million records and, from that, gathered twelve RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum. Campbell’s final performance was in California on November 30th, 2012.
On this August 8, 2017, Campbell’s official website issued the following message…
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace “Shorty” and Gerald.”