Glen Campbell: A country music singer with 'True Grit' (Tribute)

Musicians pay tribute and celebrate the life of Glen Campbell

Campbell, one of the most popular entertainers of the 1960s and 1970s and singer of such familiar songs as "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman", died on Tuesday at the age of 81, according to his family.

The statement confirmed that he had died "following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease" and noted that fans could donate to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation in his memory via his donation page.

And away he would go, singing his country songs like "Gentle on My Mind" or "Wichita Lineman" or his signature "Rhinestone Cowboy". Maybe that's tied into how he could pick the hell out of any tune, finding the key phrases and melodies to spin off into solos, but he also zeroed into the core of songs that sometimes seemed evasive. He understood what I was playing.

In late 1964, Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown on tour with the Beach Boys, and the band called on Campbell to replace him on bass and high harmonies.

"[He] was an unbelievable performer, musician &, more importantly, a great dude".

"Glen was a prime mover in the whole creation of the country crossover phenomenon that made the careers of Kenny Rogers and some other. many other artists possible", said Jimmy Webb, who wrote the first major hit Campbell had, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix". "I know I can, and like I said, I prayed and I prayed", said Campbell.

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I remember watching Campbell in concert on the Silver Springs stage 10 years ago.

"Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted". The two became friends while filming the western.

A member of the Country Hall of Fame, in 2011 Campbell announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's, an issue dealt with in the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, directed by James Keach.

He also battled an alcohol and drug addiction that he would later kick.

Remember Campbell, and the youthful versions of Radiohead, below. He was 81 years old.

Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell; three children from their marriage (Cal, Shannon and Ashley); his children from previous marriages (Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane and Dillon); ten grandchildren; and a number of great- and great-great-grandchildren.

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