Tributes from the country music community pour in following news of the passing of Glen Campbell. The country legend died today at 81 years old.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 genres 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."
"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."
-Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
-John Dittrich, 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."
-Dave Innis, 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!"
-Larry Stewart, Restless Heart
"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."
-Halfway to Hazard
"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."
-Marty Raybon, Shenandoah
"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!"
"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."
-James Robert Webb