Musician Glen Campbell dies of Alzheimer's disease aged 81

Singer Glen Campbell dies at age 81

Campbell died at age 81 on Tuesday after battling Alzheimer's disease for several years. He took a co-starring role against John Wayne in 1969's True Grit and received his own star vehicle Norwood a year later, a film that appeared while he was concurrently hosting The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour for CBS television. But he provided guitar parts for records by Jan and Dean, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys. His big hits from this era, especially "Wichita Lineman", remain elusive, sounding suspended in space and time, even as their ornate arrangements and sumptuous strings suggest the heady days of Hollywood at the close of the '60s.

With his strong, rich and pleasant voice that evoked best the charms of the American outdoors but also strains of dislocation to unforgiving urban millieus for livelihood, Campbell was a singular performer who brought a degree of sophistication and increased allure to this informal genre.

"Glen just fit right in, he was so doggone good", Rumble recalls.

Former Beach Boys member Brian Wilson tweeted,"I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell". He understood what I was playing.

"Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace "Shorty" and Gerald". "Glen Campbell", Owen writes alongside the video. But at the height of his fame, Campbell hit personal lows - divorces and a drug and alcohol problem.

Over the next two decades, Campbell released 20 albums, with singles such as "Still Within the Sound of My Voice" and "She's Gone Gone Gone" rising to the top of the charts. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

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In 2003, the then 67-year-old Campbell crashed his BMW in Phoenix, Arizona, but left the scene before police came.

Campbell continued to enjoy musical success.

Campbell married four times and fathered eight children.



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