Watch Chris Stapleton Sing ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ in Memory of Glen Campbell
Stapleton’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” cover was part of his show in Hershey, Pa., just a couple of days after Campbell’s death on Tuesday (Aug. 8). For his tribute, Stapleton accompanied himself on acoustic guitar; at the first chorus, he was greeted with loud cheers of approval — and some singing along — from the audience.
“I’m gonna try to do a Glen Campbell song tonight, not because I’m gonna do a great job with it, but because I want to pay my respects to Mr. Campbell, so please forgive me if I don’t quite do Glen Campbell justice,” Stapleton said before beginning his “Rhinestone Cowboy” cover. “I’m sending this out tonight to Glen, wherever you’re at tonight, Mr. Campbell.”
In June of 2011, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, after experiencing short-term memory loss for several years; the disease continued to rob him of his memories until his death. During his lifetime, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and won a number of major awards, including numerous Grammy Awards and Grammy Hall of Fame honors, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), a number of ACM Awards and many more. His final album, Adios, was released in June.
Campbell was buried in his hometown of Delight, Ark., on Wednesday (Aug. 9) in a private service.
Country Artists Pay Tribute to Glen Campbell