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Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy

Glen Campbell has been laid to rest in his hometown of Delight, Arkansas.

The Country Music superstar died Tuesday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 81.

The cause of death is unknown. Campbell announced in 2011 that he had Alzheimer’s disease.

The announcement was made on Campbell’s official Facebook page Thursday night. It says Campbell was laid to rest on Wednesday in a private ceremony.

Fans will be able to share their condolences and remember on of music’s all time greats in a public memorial.
but the date has not been announced.

About “Rhinestone Cowboy”

“Rhinestone Cowboy” is a song written by Larry Weiss and most famously recorded by American country music singer Glen Campbell. The 1975 song enjoyed huge popularity with both country and pop audiences.

Campbell identified with the subject matter of “Rhinestone Cowboy” — survival and making it, particularly when the chips are down — very strongly.  As Steven Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic put it, the song is about a veteran artist “who’s aware that he’s more than paid his dues during his career … but is still surviving, and someday, he’ll shine just like a rhinestone cowboy.”

Glen Campbell Music News and Trivia

  • Campbell was perhaps best known for his hit songs Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman.
  • Played rhythm guitar on Shelley Fabares’ #1 hit “Johnny Angel” that peaked in April 1962
  • Third wife, Sarah, is Mac Davis’ ex-wife.
  • Played rhythm guitar on the Frank Sinatra classic “Strangers in the Night”.
  • Before finally enjoying success on his own in the late 1960s, Glen Campbell was one of the top studio guitarists on the West Coast for more than a decade. A list of performers he accompanied reads almost like a who’s-who of the top names of the era and includes Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Frankie Laine, Ricky Nelson, Jan Berry and Dean Torrence (aka Jan and Dean), Judy Garland, Dean Martin, The Kingston Trio (contributing a fourth voice on their 1963 hit “Desert Pete,” you can easily hear him on the chorus), The Crickets and The Limeliters.
  • Phenomenally successful pop/MOR singer and TV personality of the late 1960’s and 1970’s. His many hits from this period, all on Capitol records, include “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Hey, Little One,” “Galveston,” “Honey, Come Back,” “Try a Little Kindness,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
  • An avid golfer, when not on a course, he plays gigs at venues around the United States, including at his own theater in Branson, Missouri.
  • The 1964 hit “Little Honda” by The Hondells was actually recorded by a group of studio musicians, including
  • Campbell on lead guitar and Hal Blaine on drums. The group known as The Hondells was put together for touring purposes after the song became a hit, but they had nothing to do with the actual recording of the song itself.
  • Children with Kim Campbell (nee Woollen): Cal Campbell (born in 1983); Shannon Campbell (born in 1985); and Ashley Campbell (born in 1988). Cal and Shannon both have their own bands and play locally in L.A. and Phoenix (AZ), and Ashley attends Pepperdine University,in Malibu, CA, as a Theatre major.
  • He had sold 40 million records and has received 12 gold albums.
  • Played guitar on the soundtrack of Viva Las Vegas (1964) starring Elvis Presley.
  • In the 1990s, Glen Campbell released a series of gospel albums, which opened up new vistas for the star and garnered a prestigious Dove Award.
  • His eldest daughter from his first marriage, Debbie Campbell, joined his stage show in 1987 and has toured with him ever since.
  • His special appearances as co-headliner at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson draws sold-out crowds.
  • In all, 40 of his albums reached the charts.
  • Credited with giving country star Alan Jackson his first big break.
  • When his career went into a decline, he developed a drug problem from which he recovered. In November 2003, however, he was arrested for drunk driving that included a charge of battery to a police officer, which was later dropped. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and community service.
  • Was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson in 1964 and 1965. He played guitar on the group’s “Pet Sounds” album, among other recordings. On tour, he played bass and sang high harmony.
  • Was in great demand as a session musician in the early 1960s. He was part of the famous studio musicians clique known as “The Wrecking Crew,” many of whom went from session to session together as the same group.
  • One of twelve children born outside the tiny community of Delight in Pike County, in a town called Billstown, then a community of fewer than one hundred residents.
  • Was hand-picked by actor John Wayne to play alongside him in the western film True Grit (1969), which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for “Most Promising Newcomer,” and had a hit with the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award. He performed it live at that year’s Academy Awards Show.
  • Used to play golf with Alice Cooper every day when Glen lived in Phoenix.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  • Was good friends with Bobby Goldsboro and Jim Stafford.
  • Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010.
  • While in his early stages of Alzheimer’s, he had planned to release his last album before beginning his final farewell tour.
  • Release of his autobiography, “Rhinestone Cowboy”. [1994]
  • Honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. [March 2007]
  • Lives and golfs in Malibu, California, with his wife Kim Campbell, just a few miles down the road from Pepperdine University, where his youngest daughter, Ashley Campbell, attends. [April 2006]
  • Had a son, Dillon Ian Campbell, born 1980, with his third wife Sarah. They divorced three weeks after she gave birth.
  • As his Alzheimers worsened, Campbell was forced to cancel 2012 live dates in Australia and New Zealand. As of April 2014, he was forced to move into an Alzheimer’s facility.
  • Performed the National Anthem at the Republican National Convention in 1980.
  • Vocal supporter of the Republican Party during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Believed his singing voice improved after he quit smoking on 15 March 1992.
  • In March 2016 it was reported that Campbell was in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • His first child, a son, died as an infant. His daughter, Deborah, was born in 1956.
  • Glen Campbell was longtime friends with James Keach.

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