Glen Campbell, Country Legend, Dies at 81
    • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 09, 2017

    • Posted by: Annie Brinich

    Glen Campbell, the famed country singer best known for his hits "Southern Nights" (1977) and "Rhinestone Cowboy" (1975), has died at age 81, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six years ago. The country legend was born on April 22, 1936, in Billstown, Arkansas; his popularity grew in the 60s, when he moved to Los Angeles and began writing music and releasing demos, playing in the rhythm sections for such acts as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Nat King Cole.

    Given his success working with high-profile artists and his skill as a musician, the Hollywood-based Capitol Records signed Campbell in 1962, and Campbell released a few moderately successful singles of his own. In the mid-sixties, he went on tour with the Beach Boys after Brian Wilson gave up touring following a 1964 nervous breakdown. Campbell went on to play guitar on the Beach Boys' platinum record Pet Sounds.

    As Campbell's popularity grew, he began to appear on television shows and movies. In 1969, he hosted a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, where such stars as Johnny Cash and Dean Martin appeared. Following his success on television, Glen Campbell appeared in the 1969 original film True Grit; he also performed the movie's opening song.

    Glen Campbell's country legend status was solidified in the 70s, when he recorded a number of chart-topping singles, including "Southern Nights" and "Rhinestone Cowboy". Campbell continued to make music, tour, and appear in movies and on television in the decades that followed. In 2005, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    Fellow Arkansan and former president Bill Clinton, as well as fellow country musicians Melissa Etheridge, Blake Shelton, and Dolly Parton, and have reacted to his passing on twitter:




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