Legendary country singer Glen Campbell dies at 81

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Country music icon Glen Campbell has died following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. After he moved to California, his early solo efforts stalled but Campbell was drafted to play guitar on dozens of songs and albums by top stars like Merle Haggard, the Monkees, the Mamas & the Papas, and Frank Sinatra's 1966 comeback hit "Strangers In the Night". The trek made a stop at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet in 2012.

He saw something of a career resurgence in 2008 with the release of Meet Glen Campbell, a cheekily titled covers album - a la Johnny Cash's American Recordings discs - featuring songs by the likes of U2, the Velvet Underground, Tom Petty and Green Day. "He was a wonderful session musician as well".

Campbell was best known for his 1975 hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy", but released more than 70 albums throughout his 50-year career. He'd peak again in '77 with the song "Southern Nights".

Campbell was born in 1936, growing up in Arkansas as one of 12 children in a cotton sharecropping family.

Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. As a recording artist, he continued to have more success on the country than on the pop charts. "It's a way of expressing yourself". I really enjoyed that. "It was the first time I had met him up close", Jimmy said. They married in 1982 and remained together for the rest of Campbell's life. For more than a year, he played shows around the country, backed by a band that included some of his children. He was part of his own music group, the Western Wranglers and later replaced Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys in the mid-1960s. He opened for the Doors and sang and played bass with the Beach Boys, including their 1966 album "Pet Sounds".

In addition to his music credits, Campbell had several acting roles including 1969's True Grit with John Wayne and 1970's Norwood with Joe Namath.

The advent of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which began airing on CBS-TV in January 1969, vaulted Campbell to superstardom. In 1967, Campbell got his leap forward with his interpretation of John Hartford's "Delicate on My Mind".

Campbell's melody "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", the last track he at any point recorded, was discharged with the narrative soundtrack and earned Campbell a Grammy in 2015.

"His fingers are still able to float over his guitar neck with a fluid ease and his voice can hit notes that lesser vocalists. can barely brush against", a Los Angeles Times critic said of a June 2012 performance. With a hearty chuckle, the singer replied: "Living".

A double Grammy victor for Campbell in 1968, this song - and its Al De Lory production style - might very well be the best example of the Glen Campbell sound.