Glen Campbell dead: Country star dies age 81

Glen Campbell dead: Country star dies age 81

"His fingers are still able to float over his guitar neck with a fluid ease and his voice can hit notes that lesser vocalists. can barely brush against", a Los Angeles Times critic said of a June 2012 performance.

He moved to Arizona in the 1980s and owned a home in Phoenix's Biltmore Estates with his wife, Kim.

At one point he went on a tangent about how his capo - the clamp-like device used to change the key of a guitar - was the source of all his success at the start of his career.

"It was fun, but I didn't want to spend the rest of my musical career playing bass and singing the high part", he joked. Wichita Lineman became his only No. 1 LP. "I will always love you, Glen!".

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Of his approach to Webb's songs and his attitude to his own talent, Campbell said in 2000: "I tried to sing 'em as straight as I could sing 'em, and put as much emotion into them as I could".

"The whole lid just blew off", Campbell told the AP. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

The show, which ran for three years, made him a huge star and his fame encouraged a glittering roster of stars to appear with him. But the singer continued to create music that was vital and fresh all the way to the final album of his career, the 2017 release Adios. His next single, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", hit No. 2 on the country chart.

A native of rural Arkansas, he also hosted a CBS variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. He summed up his addictions in an interview with the Age: "Boy, I'll tell you, they were some unusual times in the '60s and the '70s. And whenever I heard a new song, usually on a local country station, I'd learn it". Campbell passed away Tuesday in Nashville, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. I walked in and I stuck out my hand and I said "hello Mr Campbell, I am Jimmy Webb" and he just looked over my shoulder. I'm at a loss. "Barring that? I'll be fine, man". "That's why I'm glad the Alzheimer's Association is putting more emphasis on what families go through".

Though written and first performed by Larry Weiss, the song was so associated with Campbell that it became his nickname and the title of his 1994 autobiography, which described his hardscrabble roots and detailed how fame had led him to alcohol and cocaine, undermined his first three marriages and made him an absentee father. "You were a shining light in so many ways". Director and friend James Keach captured these precious moments along with his personal struggle with the disease in the Glen Campbell ...

In a recent interview, Glen's 30-year-old daughter, Ashley Campbell, opened up about her famous father's health and revealed he was also suffering from aphasia, causing him to no longer be able to speak or understand language.



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