The original Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell dies aged 81
Glen Campbell, the man behind 21 top 40 singles and the person who fused pop and country music, has passed away at the age of 81 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
“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 singer’s family said in a statement.
Campbell, who had a string of iconic hit singles such as ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, earned praise from former president Bill Clinton later in his career after allowing a documentary crew to film his final tour in 2014 – a picture that ultimately made Campbell the face of Alzheimer’s.
Campbell released more than 70 albums during his career, receiving world recognition and selling more than 45 million records in his time.
“He had that beautiful tenor with a crystal-clear guitar sound, playing lines that were so inventive,” Tom Petty once told Rolling Stone magazine. “It moved me.”