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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 17:00

Country star Glen Campbell dies at 81

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Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 after "a long and courageous battle" with Alzheimer's disease, his family said.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather," their statement said.

The legendary guitarist announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011.

A self-taught prodigy, he rose from an impoverished childhood in Arkansas to sell 45 million records.

Campbell made his name in the music business as one of the top session guitarists in Los Angeles, working for producers like Phil Spector and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

He played on hundreds of tracks including Daydream Believer by The Monkees, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling by The Righteous Brothers, Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra and Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley.

But Campbell always wanted to make it under his own name.

After a string of flops, in 1967 he finally found his distinctive country pop sound with hits like Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix.

The peak of Glen Campbell's career was in 1975 when he topped the charts around the world with Rhinestone Cowboy.

 

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