The Rhinestone Cowboy Rides Away...

Playing his songs this morning, I still know all the words.  Superstar and Country Hall of Famer Glen Campbell succumbed to the symptoms of Alzheimer's at the age of 81 yesterday.  

His praises were sung high and low by entertainers everywhere.  We also remember his tremendous performance at the Hodag Country Festival in 2009.  Personable, witty and obviously talented.

“Had Glen Campbell ‘only’ played guitar and never voiced a note, he would have spent a lifetime as one of America’s most consequential recording musicians,” Kyle Young, the CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

Young continued, “Had he never played guitar and ‘only’ sung, his voice would rank with American music’s most riveting, expressive, and enduring.”

The “Rhinestone Cowboy” was inducted into the Hall in 2005. Campbell passed away Tuesday in Nashville, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

“He left indelible marks as a musician, a singer, and an entertainer, and he bravely shared his incalculable talent with adoring audiences even as he fought a cruel and dread disease,” Young added. “To all of us who heard and loved his soulful music, he was a delight.”

Campbell’s brass likeness hangs in the Museum’s rotunda, and will be adorned with flowers. A guestbook in which fans can pay their respects will be set up starting this (Wednesday) morning, as is the Hall’s tradition.

We need more country like that...