GlenFamous Arkansan and musician Glen Campbell passed away yesterday (August 9, 2017) at the age of 81.
Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and had recently been living in a permanent care facility in Nashville, Tennessee.
A native of Delight in Pike County, Campbell was considered a pioneer in the field, harnessing accolades such as multiple Grammy Awards and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame over his six decade career. He was know as one of the first singers to make the cross between country and pop and his work included songs such Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.
His career also included stints such as hosting The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour ( Johnny Cash was a guest there once) and acting in the movie True Grit with John Wayne. His bout with Alzheimer’s was documented in the recent film, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The song I’m Not Gonna Miss You, which was featured in the documentary and co-written by Campbell, won a Grammy in 2015 for Best Country Song. Below is a video of Campbell singing a duet with John Hartford from the first episode of the The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour in 1969. We will miss you Glen.