Celebrities respond to Glen Campbell’s death

In this July 27, 2011 photo, musician Glen Campbell poses for a portrait in Malibu, Calif. Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer who had such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. He was 81. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After news of Glen Campbell’s death broke Tuesday afternoon, celebrities and other country musicians have offered condolences to his family. Campbell, 81, died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

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Ashley Campbell

Dolly Parton

“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.”

Kenny Rogers

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 Campbell 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 I never knew people were paid to do that, but 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.

Roy Clark

“Sorry to hear about my good friend Glen. We made a lot of good music together over the years. He was one of the greatest guitar players ever.”

Kyle Young of the Country Music Hall of Fame

Had Glen Campbell “only” played guitar and never voiced a note, he would have spent a lifetime as one of America’s most consequential recording musicians. Had he never played guitar and “only” sung, his voice would rank with American music’s most riveting, expressive, and enduring. He left indelible marks as a musician, a singer, and an entertainer, and he bravely shared his incalculable talent with adoring audiences even as he fought a cruel and dread disease. To all of us who heard and loved his soulful music, he was a delight.

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Charlie Daniels

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.

Darius Rucker

Joe Bonsall

When I first came to Nashville, Tennessee to join the Oak Ridge Boys in 1973, I wasn’t with the group two weeks before Duane Allen took me to the CMA Awards, my first ever. I rented a tuxedo that looked like a high school prom tuxedo—horrible. That was the best I could do at the time. Glen Campbell came out and sang ‘By the Time I Get To Phoenix,’ and sat on the edge of the stage and sang it. I loved Glen Campbell. I had all of his records up to that point. I could not believe that I was sitting in the Opry House, actually watching Glen Campbell sing. Over the years, we became very good friends.

Blake Shelton

Tim McGraw

Ricky Skaggs

“One of the greatest musicians, singers, entertainers, and beautiful human beings has left this life for the next life where no disease is allowed to enter, thank God! It takes a prepared person to go to a prepared place, and Glen was prepared. I knew him and loved him very much. My condolences to precious Kim and the family. Much love and prayers for you all.”

Larry Gatlin

Today around 2:00 PM, my old and GREAT friend, Vince Gill became the best singer/guitar player alive, because our mutual GREAT friend Glen Travis Campbell went to see JESUS… I mean that as a compliment to both of my old friends. I’m in NYC eating Italian food down in Little Italy and Glen is in heaven eating angel food cake. My love and condolences to Kim, Ashley, Cal, Debbie, and the whole family.

Ray Stevens

“Glen was a good friend with a great sense of humor. I remember once being backstage putting on a camel costume to go on and sing ‘Ahab the Arab’ and he showed up and said ‘Well, it’s come to this has it?’ It’s been a long goodbye since his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease. Glen Campbell will be greatly missed and long remembered.”

Pam Tillis

“In some ways my family’s life changed once Dad became a semi regular on the Glen Campbell show and we were always so grateful for that. I just loved him always, he crossed genre’s effortlessly and even though he was astonishingly good looking and talented he came off so real and natural… genius entertainer for sure. We’ll miss him greatly.”

Jerry Lee Lewis

Glen was a dear friend to me. One of the best. Let the Lord be with him to rest his soul and to comfort his family.

Bobby Bare

We’re gonna miss Glen. He was a friend of mine for way over 50 years. He was my neighbor in LA before we both moved to Nashville and we hung out together a lot – back in the early ‘60s. It’s a rough day.

Steve Wariner

God Bless you Glen! When I was young I wanted to sing, play, even comb my hair like Glen Campbell! The most naturally gifted human I’ve ever been around. He was simply amazing, we’ll miss you ole pal.

Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night

Glen Campbell was a gentleman and a joy to work with. Glen played guitar and sang with Leon Russell and David Gates on my first records in Hollywood. He will be mourned and always loved by so many.

Kacey Musgraves

Chris Young

Rascal Flatts

John Rich

KC of KC and the Sunshine Band

It’s sad to hear of the passing of yet another great musical genius. His music will live on! Some of the greatest country songs ever to be written or sung. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Campbell family in their time of sorrow and loss.

Brenda Lee

I had the pleasure of inducting Glen into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He could write it, sing it and play it. He was a triple threat. He never forgot his friends and made room for them on any project could. He was one of the finest musicians I’ve ever known and certainly the prowess of his entertainment legacy goes without saying that. He was our golden boy. We loved him and the world loved him.

Billy Ray Cyrus

Glen Campbell was such a huge influence on me. Growing up, I studied his writing, songs and how he was an ‘entertainer’s entertainer.’ Along with Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Glen Campbell was one of the first to parlay country music into mainstream television and broaden the entire country music fan base across the globe. Ride on Rhinestone Cowboy. God Bless.

Jimmy Fortune

I loved him and I am happy he is in a better place. My memories with Glen go back to my early teens. My dad brought home a Glen Campbell album, and from that time on I loved Glen Campbell. I was a huge fan. I was always in awe of him and he was one of the most talented people I have ever known. When I joined Statler Brothers in the early 80s I got to be on the ‘Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ with Jerry Reed and I could not believe it. He was always so nice and I admired the man and his talent. I will get to pay a small tribute to Glen with the song of his ‘Southern Nights,’ which I did on my latest album. What a loss. His presence will forever be missed.

Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band

Glen’s music came from an era that will never exist again. His unique sound and ability to touch his audience was something many musicians can never reach. He was truly a trailblazer in country music and there will never be another. Ride easy, Rhinestone Cowboy.

Darryl Worley

My Momma introduced me to the amazing talents of Glen Campbell. He was one of God’s prices gifts to us all. It is a sad day.

John Berry

Adios to the great Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell, who left us with an incredibly shining new piece of music that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Prayers for Kimberly and his family during this most difficult time. He will be missed.

Aaron Tippin

Wow, what a great talent lost. He could do it all. There aren’t many of them left. There will never be another Glen Campbell and he will be greatly missed.


Sammy Kershaw

A huge loss to his family, the fans and also country music. Used to enjoy watching the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour! What a talent! God Bless him.

John Dittrich, Restless Heart

When we opened for Glen in Branson, MO on his farewell tour, I told him that he was one of the few artists that I could pinpoint times in my life when I first heard his songs. He had a look of amazement on his face and said, ‘Really?Wow.’ He was genuinely surprised. He was a very nice and down to earth guy. We’re all going to miss him.

Dave Innis, Restless Heart

There simply was no one else like Glen. I remember being touched by the tenderness of his children sharing the stage with their father at one of his last performances in Branson, MO. Sending heartfelt prayers and condolences from the entire Restless Heart family.

Larry Stewart, Restless Heart

One of our heroes is gone. He was so gracious to us and we will always remember working with him throughout the years. He moved us with his star presence, unforgettable songs and world class musicianship. Mr. Campbell, we will miss you!

Halfway to Hazard

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Glen Campbell. The Rhinestone Cowboy rides away leaving us with recordings of his amazing voice and memories of a wonderful career.

Marty Raybon, Shenandoah

Glen Campbell, along with Johnny Cash, brought country music into the homes across America during the late 60s that will never be matched. He was a versatile entertainer, session player and loving father. He will be missed by all that knew him and was touched by his amazing talent.

Gene Watson

What a great loss for Country Music and the world. Glen Campbell was one of the all-time greats as a singer, musician and entertainer, as well as a TV host and actor. He did it all and remained a down-home, salt of the earth man. He was a true gentleman who was always quick to say hello as if he was your neighbor. He was able to rise above all formats, as he hit the top of the charts in country and pop/rock virtually side by side. A remarkable feat by a most remarkable man.

Billy Dean

Glen Campbell brought a sophistication to country music that was the perfect voice for the melodic Jimmy Webb songs. He was so musical and charismatic, and he put it all on display with the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, one of my family’s favorite shows!

James Robert Webb

Our prayers are with the Campbell family who lost Glen after his long and heart-wrenching battle with Alzheimer’s. Quite simply, the world lost an amazing artist with a golden voice today. He was a true entertainer in every sense of the word and one of the biggest TV stars in country music ever.

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