Rhinestone Cowboy singer, Glen Campbell, dies aged 81

'Wichita Lineman' Campbell nears the end of the line

'Wichita Lineman' Campbell nears the end of the line

Legendary country music singer Glen Campbell died after a long battle with Alzheimer's, according to TMZ said.

Campbell was one of country music's greatest crossover artists, from his 1967 Grammy award-winner "Gentle On My Mind" to this 1975 multimillion seller.

Glen Travis Campbell was born April 22, 1936, in Billstown, a tiny community near the town of Delight, Ark., the seventh son of a seventh son, to sharecropper John Wesley and Carrie Dell Campbell, who would go on to have several more children. And while he started out by sharing memories of their many years of close friendship, Webb made sure to emphasize that Campbell was more than just one of the biggest names in country music, but also someone who appreciated different genres of music and stood out as a very underrated guitar player.

Campbell was an actor and TV host of his own variety show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour". In 1969, Campbell starred alongside the Duke himself in True Grit and sang the title song for the film.

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In the early 1960s, his virtuoso guitar playing earned him session work with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Monkees and The Beach Boys, with whom he toured briefly in 1965 when Brian Wilson was unavailable. It was an exciting time, as Love remembers, "with screaming girls and good looking Glen bore the brunt of it losing a watch and getting his shirt ripped by more than enthusiastic fans". His smooth guitar licks can be heard on the Righteous Brothers hit, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album.

In 1965, Campbells' song "Universal Soldier" reached number 45 on the Hot 100. He partnered with Campbell on an album recorded in 2012, after Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. "I miss you already", commented soberly Miley Cyrus. The legendary musician released the final album of his career, Adios, in June. Campbell's death was announced Tuesday in a post on his official website and social media accounts.

The three-hour episode will be titled "REMEMBERING GLEN CAMPBELL", comprised of CAMPBELL's music, greatest hits, and his fantastic story.

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