Country star Glen Campbell has died, aged 81.
A representative for his record label, Universal, confirmed that the musician had passed away earlier today (August 8).
In a statement, Campbell’s family said: “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.”
In a career that spanned six decades, the musician released 21 Top 40 hits including ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’, as Rolling Stone reports.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81 https://t.co/zSv4RqjK4H
— Glen Campbell (@GlenCampbell) August 8, 2017
Campbell sold over 45 million records worldwide and even managed to outsell The Beatles in the year of 1968.
He was born in Billstown, Arkansas in 1936 and moved to Los Angeles in 1962 where he joined the Wrecking Crew group of sessions musicians. With them, he played on records by the likes of The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and The Righteous Brothers.
In 1964, he joined the Beach Boys on tour when Brian Wilson was no longer capable of playing bass and singing high harmonies following a breakdown. He released his own first hit in 1965 – a cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s ‘Universal Soldier’.
Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2005 and released his final album ‘Adios’ earlier this year. It features covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Harry Nilsson among others, which were recorded on his farewell tour in 2014.
Tributes have begun to the musician following the confirmation of the news. Dolly Parton posted a video on her Twitter page talking about Campbell’s talents. She captioned it: “Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!”
Sheryl Crow wrote: “Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell.”
Peter Frampton tweeted: “As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known.”
See those tweets and more below.
God bless and peace and love to Glen Campbell thanks for the music The real rhinestone cowboy and love to all his family ?✌️?????☮️
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 9, 2017
I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I'm at a loss. Love & Mercy.
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 8, 2017
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 8, 2017
Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen! pic.twitter.com/LQFEWA42lF
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) August 8, 2017
Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell. https://t.co/vexA1kYixX
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) August 8, 2017
Glen,Old friend?,We met at Gold Star,I was 16,You were 26. I ?‘d Watching U & Leon Play?side X Side in?️Clothes.?’d Our Days On Your Show.??
— Cher (@cher) August 8, 2017
Dear Glen Campbell Rest In Peace As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known.
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) August 8, 2017
Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 8, 2017
So sad to hear about Glen Campbell passing. Your music always inspired me and many others. One of the kindest guys and best poets ever RIP.
— Chord Overstreet (@chordoverstreet) August 8, 2017
Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years
May you rest in peace my friend
You will never be forgotten
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 8, 2017
Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 8, 2017