The world said "Adios" to a country music legend yesterday. Glen Campbell passed away at the age of 81 after fighting a bitter battle against Alzheimer's.
Glen Campbell is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians’ Hall of Fame, and his awards include eight Grammys, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and a Golden Globe nomination. He had 12 gold albums, four platinums and the 1968 double-platinum album Wichita Linemen.
Glen left behind his wife, Kim, and seven children.
I just wanted to share with you a few of his classic hits. They changed country music for so many people. This songs are the backbone of this genre of music.
Here are just a few of the thousands of responses to Glen's passing:
Ashley Campbell: "Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love."
Rascal Flatts: "We lost a music legend today. Rest in peace, Glen Campbell. Sending love and prayers to his family."
Charlie Daniels: "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."
Dolly Parton: "Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!"
John Rich: "Grew up loving Glen Campbell and so sad to see him go. The greatest all around talent ever in country music."
Sheryl Crow: "Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell."
Blake Shelton: "Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family."
Keith Urban: "I love Glen for so many reasons -- but above all for his humanity. Go rest high on the mountain, Glen."
David Nail: "RIP to my biggest idol. Glen Campbell! You're the finest singer I ever heard. A true fighter."
Brad Paisley: "Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways."
Tim McGraw: "Songs, songs, songs… Man, in a world of good stuff, his was great, in a world of great stuff, his was special!"
Jason Aldean: "Lost another great one today. Thoughts and prayers going out to the Campbell family."
Carrie Underwood: "Country music and the world lost a legend today...Rest in the arms of angels.
Kelsea Ballerini: "In Nashville, John Mayer is paying tribute to Glen Campbell singing "Gentle on My Mind." I'm a musical emotional mess. So tender and beautiful."
Zac Brown Band: "Glen Campbell was an amazing performer, musician and, more importantly, a great dude. He will be missed."
Lady Antebellum: "Glen Campbell is legendary, timeless and will forever have a huge mark on country music. We send our love and prayers to his family and friends."
Alan Jackson: "I owe Glen Campbell my gratitude -- he was my first contact in Nashville. This led me down the path to where I am today."
Rosanne Cash: "What a loss. A great voice, great guitarist.
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.”
Sara Evans: "I grew up listening to Glen Campbell and his music helped influence my love of great lyrics and great melodies, Rest in peace!"
Chris Janson: "RIP Glen Campbell. Extremely saddened by your passing.legend gone. Prayers to your family."
Justin Moore: "“As a musician, he was a hero. As an Arkansan, he was a hero. RIP Glen.”
Kacey Musgraves: "The world lost a little sparkle today. Rest in rhinestoned peace, Glen Campbell. You inspired me so much."
Neil Perry (The Band Perry): "One of the greatest honors of my life was getting to perform with Glen Campbell and with my sibs on the Grammys. He was a kind man with unmatched talent."
Kenny Rogers: "So very sorry to hear this. Glen was such a talented, great guy. Thankful to have known him."
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 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."
Eric Paslay: "Thank you Glen Campbell for all you did for country music. You will be so very missed."
Toby Keith: "Rest In Peace Glen. You put up a great fight superstar. We all admired you."
Darius Rucker: "Glen Campbell... The artist. The songwriter. The musician. The man. Music will never be the same. Missing the Rhinestone Cowboy already!"
Chris Young: "Wow...just heard Glen Campbell passed...sad day for music."
Little Big Town: "Glen, thank you for the music. It's made us all better and your legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace."
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.”
Charles Esten: "The voice, The guitar. The songs. The session work. The show. Glen Campbell leaves a huge musical legacy and a heroically loving family. RIP"
Senator John McCain: "Saddened by the passing of Glen Campbell, a great entertainer, a great man and a great Arizonan -- thanks for the memories."
Governor Mike Huckabee: "Glen Campbell was one of the great entertainers and musicians of our time. Sad to learn of the death of a great Arkansan and American."
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."
Jake Owen: "We lost one of the greatest voices, guitar players and entertainers that our world has ever seen. Glen Campbell. It seems this year has been filled with these moments where we've lost people that have enriched our lives with their pure talent. This is a huge loss for country music. Maybe Glen and Merle are picking a tune together right now. If so, I bet my Grandad is right there with a front row ticket. Life is short. Enjoy it while it's here."
Margo Price: "RIP Glen Campbell. You will be greatly missed. Feeling for his beautiful family."
Ellen DeGeneres: "Country music will never be the same. Sending love to Glen Campbell's family."
Steve Martin: "RIP Glen. You were my first employer as a writer. We were all in awe of your musicality."
James Woods: "Glen Campbell dies after battle with Alzheimer's. A legend taken by the cruelest of all diseases."
Jimmy Webb (writer of some of Glen's best known hits): "Well, that moment has come that we have known was an inevitable certainty and yet stings like a sudden catastrophe. Let the world note that a great American influence on pop music, the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel, has passed and cannot be replaced. He was bountiful. His was a world of gifts freely exchanged: from Roger Miller stories to songs from the best writers, to an old Merle Haggard record. My friend, my brother in music, Glen Campbell has passed...I am full of grief. I am writing because I think you deserve some sort of message from me but I am too upset to write very well or at any great length...This I can promise. While I can play a piano he will never be forgotten. And after that someone else will revel in his vast library of recordings and pass them on to how many future generations? Possibly to all of them."