Country music legend Glen Campbell dies at 81


Country music legend Glen Campbell, the mellow-voiced Rhinestone Cowboy who sold millions of albums over a career that spanned decades, has died at the age of 81.

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

Glen Campbell's official biography says the multi-hit song writer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease shortly after releasing his 2011 album, "Ghost on the Canvas".

Campbell had his first major hit in 1967, with "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." .

Campbell's death comes nearly two months after the release of his album, Adios, featuring songs from his Goodbye Tour, which followed his diagnosis in 2011. Did you know he acted with John Wayne?

"Wow, what a great talent lost". I'll Be Me, which chronicled his battle with the disease.

"When God lifted my obsession for alcohol it was as if the raised the curtain on a whole new life". At least he doesn't have to deal with that anymore.

"Glen Campbell will forever be an essential part of the fabric of American music", Grainge said in a statement.

"We found this area where we were very comfortable together musically". You gave us a lot of joy. "My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family". Rest in peace my brother. This only firmed his cowboy roots, and he became a sensation in the country music circuit. I didn't want to go nowhere.

Kyle Young, the CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said that "had [Campbell] "only" played guitar and never voiced a note, he would have spent a lifetime as one of America's most consequential recording musicians". Quite simply, the world lost an wonderful artist with a golden voice today.

On Tuesday night, Variety published a stirring editorial from a heartbroken Jimmy Webb, who remembered his friend and frequent collaborator Glen Campbell, just hours after the latter's death was announced.

Tim McGraw: "Songs, songs, songs..."

WEBB: It was literally like discovering your voice, you know.

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For many fans, Campbell was everywhere. This lead me down the path that brought me to where I am today. "We're all going to miss him". But the famous line from it is I need you more than want you. My condolences to precious Kim and the family.

Michael Des Barres: "Like all great country artists he was a man of the people". He played a dynamic riff on the guitar that was trend setting.

Campbell announced in June 2011 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's.