Country music icon Glen Campbell dies aged 81

Country music icon Glen Campbell dies aged 81

The news of the singer's passing comes just more than six years after Glen publicly revealed in June 2011 that he was battling Alzheimer's disease and was retiring from performing.

Campbell's final tour, and battle with Alzheimer's, was documented in the critically lauded 2014 film Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

His last album, "Adios", was released earlier this year and contained mostly covers of songs from Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed and Dicky Lee.

"It takes him a while but he will even start tapping his toe".

In a 2012 interview with the Sun-Times, Mr. Campbell was asked what he wanted to be remembered for most? It was an unexpected blessing to Campbell's fans that his musical talent was one of the last things to go.

Glen Campbell, the country music star who had a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, has died. Good songs are what I like.

"'Wichita Lineman' is totally, totally incredible", he said. The album included four songs written by Webb, who is from Elk City. "I'd listen to a lot of things in the vehicle, and that one I had to pull over, I was afraid I would wreck my auto, it's just that good".

Fellow singers who posted tributes include Dolly Parton, Carole King, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, and Kathie Lee Gifford.

"We're just going to do whatever we've been doing", Campbell replied.

He also leaves five children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, with a line stretching into great-great-grandchildren.

He was born in Billstown, Arkansas in 1936 and moved to Los Angeles in 1962 where he joined the Wrecking Crew group of sessions musicians. However, we noted, Campbell had little difficulty with the lyrics to most of his best-known tunes: "Galveston" was great, "Gentle On My Mind, ' "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" all came and went without incident".

Arizona Senator John McCain also lamented Campbell's passing.

From 1969 until 1972, Campbell hosted a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS. He also moved into acting with roles in movies like True Grit. The tour was the subject of the acclaimed documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

Campbell's 64th (!) and final studio album, Adiós, was released earlier this year. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin, ' he said. I'm at a loss. And I think that you know we made some records that were very almost ideal. There's a lot out there nowadays that I really do like.

Campbell kicked off his music career in earnest in 1958, forming the Western Wranglers after four years of playing in his uncle's band in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The man that loves you 'til the end. One of Campbell's daughters, Ashley, said she was heartbroken.

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