Wednesday, August 9, 2017
– The country world is reacting to the passing of Glen Campbell with many tributes.
Dolly Parton said, "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!"
Brad Paisley, who cited Campbell as an influence, tweeted, "Thank you GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways." He also posted on Instagram, "When I was 10, I made my first live performance at Glen Dale Methodist Church, singing 2 songs. One of them was "Try a Little Kindness", by Glen Campbell. I'm certain I wouldn't be here without his influence. Any of you unfamiliar with his music, go check it out. The ultimate singer, picker, actor, tv star, legend. One of the faces that belong on our Mt Rushmore. We'll do the remembering now Glen."
Kenny Rogers, who played with Campbell, said, "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."
"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!," said Ricky Skaggs. "It takes a prepared person to go a place, and Glen was prepared. I knew him and loved him so much. My condolences to precious Kim and the family. Much love and prayers for you all."
"Glen was a good friend with a great sense of humor," said Ray Stevens. "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."