BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most legendary affiliates, Glen Campbell, who passed away this morning at the age of 81. With 21 Top 40 hits showcasing his distinctive tenor voice, Campbell sold more than 45 million records during his six decade-long career. His recordings of “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” were staples both in country and pop, a feat that not many recording artists could claim at the time, or even today. Campbell was also a household name for staring in his own TV variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which he hosted from 1969-1972, bringing on such artists as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt and Willie Nelson. His final tour culminated with the 2014 award-winning film I’ll Be Me, which documented his heroric battle with Alzheimer’s. Despite this debilitating illness, Campbell’s last songwriting effort was the heart wrenching “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which was highlighted in the film and for which he received a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
There aren’t many like Glen Campbell - singer, songwriter, actor and musician with six GRAMMYS, three GRAMMY Hall of Fame awards, a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award, nine ACM awards, two CMA awards and countless other accolades. He will be sadly missed by his friends and fans at BMI.