Camp­bell’s song ends

Townsville Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS -

GLEN Camp­bell, the af­fa­ble su­per­star singer of Rhine­stone Cow­boy and Wi­chita Line­man whose ap­peal spanned coun­try, pop, tele­vi­sion and movies, died yes­ter­day, his fam­ily said.

He was 81. Camp­bell’s fam­ily said the singer died in Nashville and pub­li­cist Sandy Brokaw con­firmed the news. No cause was im­me­di­ately given.

Camp­bell an­nounced in June 2011 that he had been di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

“Glen is one of the great­est voices there ever was in the busi­ness and he was one of the great­est mu­si­cians,” said Dolly Par­ton in a video state­ment. “He was a won­der­ful ses­sion mu­si­cian as well. A lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise that. But he could play any­thing and he could play it re­ally well.” Tributes poured in. “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,” wrote Char­lie Daniels.

One of Camp­bell’s daugh­ters, Ash­ley, said she was heart­bro­ken.

“I owe him every­thing I am, and every­thing I ever will be. He will be re­mem­bered so well and with so much love,” she wrote on Twit­ter.

In the late 1960s and well into the ’ 70s, the Arkansas na­tive was seem­ingly ev­ery­where with his boy­ish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. He won five Gram­mys, sold more than 45 mil­lion records, had 12 gold al­bums and 75 chart hits, in­clud­ing No. 1 songs with Rhine­stone Cow­boy and South­ern Nights. His per­for­mance of the ti­tle song from the 1969 film True Grit, in which he played a Texas Ranger along­side Os­car win­ner John Wayne, re­ceived an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion.

He twice won al­bum of the year awards from the Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic and was voted into the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he re­ceived a Grammy for life­time achieve­ment.

Rhine­stone Cow­boy stood out and be­came his per­sonal an­them. Writ­ten and recorded by Larry Weiss in 1974, Rhine­stone Cow­boy re­ceived lit­tle at­ten­tion un­til Camp­bell heard it on the ra­dio and quickly re­lated to the story of a veteran per­former who tri­umphs over de­spair and hard­ship. Camp­bell’s ver­sion was a chart top­per in 1975.

“I thought it was my au­to­bi­og­ra­phy set to song,” he wrote 20 years later, in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, ti­tled Rhine­stone Cow­boy.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Kim; their three chil­dren, Cal, Shan­non and Ash­ley; and his chil­dren from pre­vi­ous mar­riages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane and Dil­lon. He had 10 grand­chil­dren.

Would you like an obit­u­ary writ­ten about your loved one? Con­tact Chris Sil­vini on 07 4722 4427 for con­sid­er­a­tion.

ON SONG: Glen Camp­bell dur­ing the 2012 54th Grammy Awards.

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