Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Tributes to Glen Campbell: Jason Falkner, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Ringo Starr, more...

Glen Campbell in 2009.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Tributes continue to roll in with the news that singer-songwriter Glen Campbell passed away earlier today (August 8, 2017) at the age of 81 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Recording Academy™ Statement regarding Glen Campbell
Aug. 8, 2017

"Six-time GRAMMY® winner Glen Campbell was, and always will be, an American treasure. In a career spanning more than six decades, Glen contributed to countless hits as part of the renowned group of session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. As an artist, his remarkable voice, top-level guitar work, and dazzling showmanship shot him to superstardom in the 1960s, and he became one of the most successful pop/country crossover artists of all time. Glen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy™ in 2012, our formal acknowledgment of his immense contributions to music and culture and we’ll always cherish his historic appearance at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in 2012, one of his last performances. We have lost an icon who will be greatly missed, but Glen’s musical gifts will live on forever."

Neil Portnow
Recording Academy

Check out singer-songwriter/guitarist Jason Falkner's amazing version of Glen Campbell's 1968 hit "Wichita Lineman" posted today:

"Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love."
Ashley Campbell
Glen Campbell's daughter and a long-time member of his band

"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 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
Singer-songwriter (The Beach Boys)

"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

"God bless and peace and love to Glen Campbell thanks for the music. The real rhinestone cowboy and love to all his family ."
Ringo Starr
"Very sad to say adios to Glen Campbell. 'Wichita Lineman' is one of my favourite records ever..."
Bob Harris
Noted music host and writer

"Gonna miss you Glen"
Stagecoach Festival

Finally, TJR and I have videotaped a tribute to Glen Campbell. You can watch it via the embedded link below:

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