The country music industry is reacting with grief to the August 8 passing of icon Glen Campbell at age 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His impact on the music world has been massive since he scored his first hits in the late ’60s. We’ll never forget his masterful guitar work and smooth vocals on “Gentle on My Mind,” “Galveston” and “Southern Nights,” among many other hits.
Campbell went on to conquer TV with his CBS show, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” and appear on the big screen in the 1969 classic, “True Grit.”
Still, it was his music that drove it all. As we mourn his passing, Glen’s fellow musicians are honoring him via social media. Here’s a sample of those tributes:
Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 8, 2017
Glen Campbell was one of the finest musicians to ever grace country music. Hell, ALL music for that matter. Thanks for all you've done Glen.
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) August 8, 2017
Wow… just heard Glen Campbell passed… sad day for music
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) August 8, 2017
I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I'm at a loss. Love & Mercy.
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 8, 2017
Dear Glen Campbell Rest In Peace As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known.Advertisement
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) August 8, 2017
Glen Campbell… The artist. The songwriter. The musician. The man. Music will never be the same. Missing the Rhinestone Cowboy already!
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) August 8, 2017
RIP my dear old friend Glen Campbell. Music has lost a giant of a man & a talent. I shall be forever grateful for everything he did for me.
— Anne Murray (@annemurray1) August 8, 2017
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
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 8, 2017
Glen,Old friend����,We met at Gold Star,I was 16,You were 26. I 💖‘d Watching U & Leon Play🎹side X Side in🏌️Clothes.💖’d Our Days On Your Show.🙏🏻Advertisement
— Cher (@cher) August 8, 2017
Saying Glen Campbell "lost his fight with Alzheimer's" is like saying "John McCain lost the war in Vietnam." That's just not how it works.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) August 8, 2017
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Besides being an amazing solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician – as part of the Wrecking Crew – playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. He was pure talent, heart, and courage. Rest In Peace brother. You brought us a lot of joy. @glencampbellofficial
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Oh My we have lost Glen Campbell … No more pain brother..
— Joe Bonsall (@joebonsall) August 8, 2017
1 of the gr8est honors of my life was gettin 2 perform w/glen campbell w/my sibs on the grammys. he was a kind man with unmatched talent.
— neil perry (@theneilperry) August 8, 2017
Rest in peace Glen Campbell. You touched all of our lives with your music and you will be greatly missed.
— Montgomery Gentry (@mgunderground) August 8, 2017
Glen you were my Dad's all time favorite. The first country voice I heard as a kid. Rest In Peace and thank you sir. God bless your family.
— Randy Rogers Band (@RandyRogersBand) August 8, 2017