Glen Campbell R.I.P. - Country Legend Passes Away at Age 81

The Singer Battled Alzheimer's Since 2011

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Country legend Glen Campbell has died, his official Twitter page reports. In 2011 Campbell announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In June Campbell released his final album, Adiós, which was recorded in Nashville between 2012 and 2013 and was his 64th studio album. Campbell was married four times (he wed his current wife, Kimberly Woollen in 1982) and had eight children.

Campbell got his start as a session musician in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, including as part of the studio musician group The Wrecking Crew (including Dr. John and Leon Russell). He toured with The Beach Boys in 1964 and 1965, filling in for Brian Wilson, and played guitar on the band's 1966's all-time classic Pet Sounds. From the late '60s to the mid '70s he found solo success with singles such as "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," and "Rhinestone Cowboy," often collaborating with songwriter Jimmy Webb. From 1969 to 1972 he hosted his own weekly variety television show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and also acted in movies, such as opposite John Wayne in the 1969 western True Grit. In 2014 the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me chronicled his fight with Alzheimer's and his final tour. Around that time he released his final music video, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." Watch that below, as well as a selection of other songs and videos by Campbell.

 

 

 

 

 

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