Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer Glen Campbell laid to rest in Arkansas

'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer Glen Campbell laid to rest in Arkansas

Glen Campbell was a rare entertainer who got to say goodbye to his life and career in every way he knew how.

The news of 81-year-old Glen Campbell's death from Alzheimer's Disease saddened many people, not least those who had seen him in concert at venues including casinos across the United States. Three of his children sing on the album, which was released earlier this summer.

"The Campbell family would like to thank everyone for their enormous outpouring of love and support". His performances of songs, like Gentle On My Mind, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston andRhinestone Cowboy, will endure as classic examples of Glen Campbell musical contributions.

Campbell's baby face also loomed large in the first Western I remember seeing on a big screen, "True Grit". Campbell was nominated again for an Oscar in 2015 for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", a song from the documentary "Glen Campbell". For years, the dreaded disease of Alzheimer's had been destroying Campbell's memory, body and soul.

Tucker and Campbell had a tumultuous relationship that was on the covers of all the tabloids in the early 80's but, as Tucker put it, "We both got past all of that".

There he performed as a session musician with Phil Spector's legendary backing band known as The Wrecking Crew helping to produce what was called the Wall of Sound. He toured with the Champs of "Tequila" fame. On the verge of being dropped from Capitol Records in 1966 when Campbell fortunes saw an upswing as he teamed up with producer and former "Wrecking Crew" colleague Al De Lory.

Campbell was unique in the music business. I really enjoyed that.

"I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be".

"I'm just devastated. Absolutely devastated".

One of 12 children, Campbell left his native Arkansas and a life of farm work as a teenager in pursuit of music. He even filled in for Brian Wilson when he took time off from The Beach Boys. His musicianship was rooted in the jazz guitar of Django Reinhardt, learning to play at a young age.

By the late '60s, he was a performer on his own, and an appearance on Joey Bishop's show led to his TV breakthrough.

"The whole lid just blew off", Campbell told the AP.

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