Glen Campbell, Country Legend, Dies at 81

The original Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell dies aged 81

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Campbell died in Nashville Tuesday morning at the age of 81.

Campbell is famous for his county music and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Drummer Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew told The GuardianCampbell "was one of those great guitarists who could hear a part once and had it down pat".

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. By the mid-1990s he'd taken up residence at the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theatre in Branson, Mo., where he performed regularly.

According to Campbell's official biography, his album, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the first country album to win top honor Album of the Year at the 10th Annual Grammy ceremony in 1968.

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Though Nelson never made a record with Campbell like he did with other fellow country greats such as Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Roger Miller, the two men had known each other since the 1960s.

On television and on stage, Glen Campbell was a superstar with boyish good looks, a flashy smile and wit, but it was his last performance on screen that exposed a more vulnerable side that touched many of his fans.

Like Witchita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy, Gentle On My Mind was originally owned by John Magnier and won on her debut in 2008. "He was a secret weapon in the armory of Sixties record producers".

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Completed while he was already suffering from the ravages of Alzheimer's, his final album, Adios, was released in June. This was all despite Campbell being unable to read music. "I miss you already", commented soberly Miley Cyrus. It opens with, "I'm still here/ But yet I'm gone". You'll see appearances by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, comedy legend Carol Burnett, and movie icon John Wayne, with whom Glen co-starred in the 1969 Western film classic True Grit, in CMT's new show. He is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell, and eight children.

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