Glen Campbell dies at 81

Glen Campbell dies at 81

Glen Campbell dies at 81

Glen Campbell's country legend status was solidified in the 70s, when he recorded a number of chart-topping singles, including "Southern Nights" and "Rhinestone Cowboy".

Peaking at number one in Canada, the United States and Ireland, Rhinestone Cowboy is Campbell's best-known song.

In total, Glen Campbell has released 70 albums during his 60-year career and sold 45 million albums in the world. He picked up the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1969.

But his breakout success came in 1967 with the song Gentle on My Mind and his album By the Time I Get to Phoenix was named Album of the Year at the 1968 Grammy Awards.

I wasn't even a fan of Glen Campbell when I set up the phone interview with him in 2009, just before his June show at the Alberta Bair Theater. No cause of death was given, but the singer announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was a wonderful session musician as well, a lot of people don't realize that. Recorded before Alzheimer's disease took his singing voice, Glen Campbell's last album "Adios" was therapeutic for the legendary performer.

Brian Wilson, founder of The Beach Boys and friend of Campbell, said he was broken up to hear about his death. By all accounts, Campbell's early life was one of severe poverty that included picking cotton in the fields alongside his brothers.

In his Glen Campbell tribute, Jimmy Webb wrote on his official Facebook page that his longtime friend and co-collaborator's passing was inevitable, given his recent and well-documented health issues.

As a teenager, the precocious Campbell toured with his own band, called Glen Campbell and the Western Wranglers, before heading to Los Angeles in 1960. After having accompanied Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley or the Beach Boys, the guitarist prodigy went solo in 1963.

Campbell's funeral was today, and in about two weeks, there will be a memorial service for him at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

In the later years, Love continues to write, it was always fun seeing Campbell, and he will be remembered as one of the country's greatest musicians.

Campbell was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Also featured in the film was the song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", which Campbell had written and recorded with Raymond.

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