Rhinestone Cowboy singer, Glen Campbell, dies aged 81

Tomas Mccoy
August 12, 2017

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". Campbell passed away on Tuesday in a facility for Alzheimer's patients in Nashville, Tennessee.

With songs like "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Gentle on My Mind", "Wichita Lineman", and "Galveston", the musician released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career. He picked up the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1969.

According to Campbell's official biography, his album, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the first country album to win top honor Album of the Year at the 10th Annual Grammy ceremony in 1968.

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.

And in the later years of his career, his public battle with Alzheimer's disease is what fans remember.

WASHINGTON •Former United States president Bill Clinton once praised singer Glen Campbell for his courage in becoming a public face of Alzheimer's disease. In the mid-sixties, he went on tour with the Beach Boys after Brian Wilson gave up touring following a 1964 nervous breakdown.

Our thoughts are with Campbell's loved ones during this hard time. We lost a friend this morning, and the world lost an enormously talented person in Glen Campbell. He recorded songs for everyone from the Byrds to Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra, but with the Beach Boys, Campbell almost had a full-time gig.

By the time he was 20, he had joined his uncle's band _ the Albuquerque-based Sandia Mountain Boys _ where he would hone his skills before striking out on his own to form Glen Campbell and the Western Wranglers in 1958.

Campbell left home at the age of 14, performing on radio and television in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before landing in Los Angeles in 1960.

For the singer of country Dolly Parton, " Glen Campbell was one of the voices of the most incredible of all time ".

Richie Sambora, best known for obtaining fame as Bon Jovi's lead guitarist, recalled how Campbell had been an influence to him. "You were a shining light in so many ways", country star Brad Paisley tweeted.

Campbell was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. In 2013, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was recorded in his last session.

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