Glen Travis Campbell brought country music to new audiences. He found success as a session musician before embarking on a solo career that included smash hits Gentle On My Mind, Galveston, Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy, the song that landed him in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Campbell’s death was confirmed Tuesday by Tim Plumley, a representative at Universal Music.
Plumley issued the following statement from Campbell’s family: “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”.
Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace “Shorty” and Gerald.”
He will be missed!