Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell Passes Away at Age 81

“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.” Announced earlier today on Facebook by Glen’s family. Glen, 81 will be missed by family, friends, and fans alike for playing a role of father, husband, grandfather, friend, and entertainer in many, many lives’.

A true country music legend was Glen Campbell. Having released more than 70 albums and having more than 80 songs hit the charts Glan has done it all a solo artist can dream of. Accomplishments include 6 Grammys, a member of The Country Music Hall Of Fame as well as Musicians Hall Of Fame. CMA Entertainer of the Year, ACM Album of the Year, and ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. In 2012, he was bestowed the Grammy’s most prestigious honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award. A list of awards below.

Awards & Honors

Hall of Fame Inductions
2005 – Country Music Hall Of Fame
2007 – Musician’s Hall Of Fame

Grammy Awards
1967 – Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male, “Gentle On My Mind”
1967 – Best Country & Western Recording, “Gentle On My Mind”
1967 – Best Vocal Performance, Male, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”
1967 – Best Contemporary  Male Solo Vocal Performance, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”
1968 – Album of the Year, By The Time I Get To Phoenix
2000 – Grammy of Fame, Single, “Wichita Lineman”
2004 – Grammy Hall of Fame, Single, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”
2008 – Grammy Hall of Fame, Single, “Gentle On My Mind”
2012 – Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 – Best Country Song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Academy Of Country Music
1967 – Single of the Year, “Gentle On My Mind”
1967 – Album of the Year, Gentle On My Mind
1967 – Top Male Vocalist
1968 – Album of the Year, Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
1968 – Top Male Vocalist
1968 – TV Personality of the Year
1971 – TV Personality of the Year
1975 – Single of the Year, “Rhinestone Cowboy”
1975 – Song of the Year, “Rhinestone Cowboy”
1998 – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
2015  – Career Achievement Award

American Music Awards
1976 – Pop/Rock Single of the Year, “Rhinestone Cowboy”
1976 – Country Single of the Year, “Rhinestone Cowboy”
1977 – Country Album of the Year, Rhinestone Cowboy

Country Music Association Awards
1968 – Entertainer of the Year
1968 – Male Vocalist of the Year

GMA Dove Awards
1986 – Album By A Secular Artist, No More Night
1992 – Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, “Where Shadows Never Fall”
2000 – Country Album of the Year, A Glen Campbell Christmas

Miscellaneous Awards
1974 – CMA of Great Britain’s Entertainer of the Year
2008 – Q Legend Award
2012 – Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. – Career Achievement Award
2014 – Hollywood Music In Media Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award

Well Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted. Glen is one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business, and he was one of the greatest musicians. He was a wonderful session musician as well. A lot of people don’t realize that, but he could play anything. And he could play it really well. So he was just extremely talented. I will always love you, Glen!” – Dolly Parton.


“Glen Campbell is such an incredible talent. Glen Campbell filled a niche in American music that very few people have ever reached. He was considered both pop and country, and not just one record or one little phase in his career, but years and years and years of his career. He represented the best of the pop and the best of country, and he went that kind of middle ground. He pulled people in from both sides. It was a great thing for country music, and frankly, for pop music. He was an incredibly talented guitar player. A lot of people have heard Glen Campbell’s brand that don’t even realize it. He was a studio musician in Los Angles for a lot of years and he did a lot of work for a lot of artist we’re very familiar with. He had a great, God-given talent. We’ve seen him host television shows, he plays great guitar, he sings great and he entertains. Glen Campbell was one of the most unique people that has come along in the music business in my lifetime.” – Charlie Daniels

“It’s always tragic when you hear of a friend passing, but he had to be miserable that last few years of his life. At least he doesn’t have to deal with that anymore. We worked together a lot through the years. In fact, 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 and highly received. 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.” – Kenny Rogers

“I’m sad to learn of the passing of one of my heroes and friends, Glen Campbell. I loved his singing and guitar playing but I really admired him for his down to earth and friendly personality. I spent only a week working with him in Branson and he made us all feel like old friends. Rest In Peace old buddy.” – Mark Chesnutt

“Glen Campbell was a living legend. He was not only one of my favorite singer/musicians, but also helped create some of my favorite sounding music from other genres. He was part of The Beach Boys sound (the wrecking crew!) He created some of the main songs that still grace my playlist daily. His family will be in my prayers.” – Mark Wills

Glen Campbell was a beloved friend, husband, and father and our thoughts and prayers are with the Campbell family at this time.

(Photo credit: Glen Campbell’s Official Facebook Page)

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