Singer, guitarist Glen Campbell dies at 81

Country superstar Glen Campbell who has died at the age of 81 Credit AP

Gorman said Campbell gave him a signed guitar for one of his birthdays. To recall, the legendary musician started to become known in 1975 through his hit single, "Rhinestone Cowboy".

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. Rejecting the shame and secrecy that sometimes attend Alzheimer's, Campbell turned into an advocate for the disease and was staunchly public about his affliction; audiences cheered him even as he struggled to remember his lyrics on stage.

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You", which was recorded with members of Phil Spector's famous Wrecking Crew band, was based on a comment that Campbell mentioned to his co-writer and producer Julian Raymond when people would bring up his disease. Glen Campbell, one of the most famous singers of the genre, died on Tuesday at the age of 81 in Nashville.

The show's also your chance to relive numerous highlights from Glen's network TV variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

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. Campbell went on to play guitar on the Beach Boys' platinum record Pet Sounds.




An influential singer, songwriter, musician, television host and actor, Campbell also had a lasting, if unintentional, impact on horseracing, providing the inspiration for the names of a number of horses through the titles of his popular songs. By all accounts, Campbell's early life was one of severe poverty that included picking cotton in the fields alongside his brothers.

Urban went on to share that the night he won his first country music award, he got back to his hotel room and found a fax on the floor from Glen Campbell.

In 2005 Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. "You were a shining light in so many ways", said country megastar Brad Paisley.

The Jolene singer, 71, posted a video message on Twitter and wrote: "Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time".

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