Legendary country singer Glen Campbell has died on Tuesday, August 9. He was 81 years old.
Campbell is known for 1960s and 1970s hits like ”Wichita Lineman”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Southern Nights”, “Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)” and “Rhinestone Cowboy”, among others. The last was his largest-selling single of his career that spanned for more than 5 decades.
In 2011, Campbell announced he was diagnosed with ‘Alzheimer’s disease and embarked on a farewell “Goodbye Tour” with his children which ended in a November 2012 show in California.
In a statement, the family confirmed his death and paid tribute to the Arkansas-born musician.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” the statement read.
Campbell has sold more than 45 million records across the world and earned 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.
From the late 60s to the early 70s, Campbell hosted his own weekly variety show, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” where many artists like The Beatles, David Gates, Bread, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson appeared.
He tried acting for the big screen in “True Grit” (1969) with John Wayne and Kim Darby and “Norwood” (1970) with Kim Darby and Joe Namath. He also made a cameo appearance in the 1980 Clint Eastwood movie “Any Which Way You Can”.
Campbell was married four times and had eight children. His last marriage was to Kimberly “Kim” Woollen, with whom he has three children who all joined him in his final tour.
“Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell: