LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Glen Campbell’s many songs will live on as a part of the American fabric, Governor Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday upon learning of the singer’s death.
The governor offered his condolences to members of Mr. Campbell’s family.
“Although Glen Campbell lived in a lot of places and performed his songs all over the world, I have always thought of him as ours,” Governor Hutchinson said. “He was a proud Arkansan who had a huge impact on the music world. He also touched all of our lives with his brave and very public fight with Alzheimer’s.”
Glen Travis Campbell was born near Delight in southwest Arkansas. One of his most popular songs, titled simply “Arkansas,” was a tribute to his home state.
Other Arkansas officials released statements as well including Lt. Governor Tim Griffin:
"I am saddened by the passing of Arkansas's very own, music and entertainment legend Glen Campbell. Glen's music and in it the authenticity of Arkansas touched people all around the world. When he was at his musical peak in the mid 1970s, I had the unforgettable opportunity to ride with my grandmother, her neighbor and my mother from Magnolia to visit Glen Campbell's parents at their home in Delight. When we pulled up on a hot summer day, Glen's father was displaying a 49 pound catfish hanging from a tree. He took us inside and showed us photos and keepsakes from Glen's skyrocketing career. Glen's parents were proud of him then as we all are today. RIP Glen. Arkansas and indeed the world will think of you often as we continue to enjoy your musical legacy."
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge:
Glen Campbell loved country music but also his native Arkansas! May God bless and comfort his loved ones as they mourn his passing. 🎼— Leslie Rutledge (@AGRutledge) August 8, 2017