Glen Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's adds heroic coda to his life

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One of those stars was Glen Campbell, singer of Rhinestone Cowboy and son of the Nashville Sound - the genre which set out to save country music from rock'n'roll and ended up dividing it in half.

The singer surprised the crowd with a cover of Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind", a attractive tribute to a man who passed away earlier that evening after a battle with Alzheimer's. Campbell, who during his life sold more than 45 million albums, gained national and global fame in the 1960s and 1970s not only for his hit songs but also for his television and movie appearances. Murray, as some may know, was a frequent guest on Campbell's show over the years, and she also worked with him on a 1971 album. He and his family made the fearless decision to share his diagnosis and progression of Alzheimer's disease with the public. Performing with a band that featured three of his children, Campbell sometimes had problems remembering lyrics but his shows were generally well received.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys said he was "very broken up" by Campbell's death. He was taught to play by his Uncle Boo. "Eighty-one good years", Knox said.

The Arkansas native was born Glen Travis Campbell on April 22, 1936 in Billstown (Pike County) but considered nearby Delight his hometown.

In an Instagram post, Jackson wrote a heartfelt tribute to the country legend, acknowledging Campbell's global fame and his contributions to music before he even became the Glen Campbell that we know today.

Campbell couldn't remember his kids' names and faces but he could still feel out a fretboard and astonish a crowd. Webb began working with Campbell as a young songwriter, when the legendary performer recorded his song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix".

Campbell won four Grammys at the 1968 ceremony, in both pop and country categories. "We had a lot of fun together, through all the trials and tribulations, but he was still a great person".

"This is a disease that our country needs to invest money in and take care of or it will bankrupt us", Aaberg said. There is, however, to be no encore for poor old Glen, claimed by the disease at the age of 81.

Dolly Parton: "Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time".

Campbell was also a successful actor, appearing in 1969 film True Grit alongside John Wayne.

"When he was on stage and started to sing, you knew there was a star on stage", Rumble says.

Then, Campbell scored a smash with 1975's "Rhinestone Cowboy". His wife, Kim Campbell, announced earlier this year that her husband could no longer play guitar.