Glen Campbell dead at 81

Glen Campbell dead at 81

The 1970s found Campbell's music reaching a wider audience, as evidenced by songs such as "Rhinestone Cowboy", which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, country and adult contemporary charts in 1975, followed two years later by his second and final No. 1 hit, "Southern Nights", written by revered New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.

Ashley Campbell, one of his daughters who played in her father's band and was one of his caregivers, said in an interview with The Associated Press in May that her father's honesty with the illness helped so many families.

Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22, 1936, in a small town in Arkansas, the seventh of 12 children of a struggling sharecropper.

I wasn't even a fan of Glen Campbell when I set up the phone interview with him in 2009, just before his June show at the Alberta Bair Theater. He was taught to play by his Uncle Boo.

Campbell left home at the age of 14, performing on radio and television in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before landing in Los Angeles in 1960. After having accompanied Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley or the Beach Boys, the guitarist prodigy went solo in 1963.

As Love explains in his Facebook post, Campbell toured with The Beach Boys in 1964 as a replacement for Brian Wilson.




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.

He appeared in the classic 1969 western, True Grit, playing the role of La Boeuf, a Texas Ranger who partners John Wayne's Rooster Cogburn in search of a killer. Let people listen to that one for a long, long, long time because he sang like an angel.

Legendary musician and entertainer Glen Campbell has passed away.

Tributes to the star poured in yesterday, but it's still hard to estimate the sheer scale of his impact on music - his sweet, soothing tenor voice perfectly represented the meeting point of country and pop. "I got letters from Anita Bryant with that one" - easily from "Good Vibrations" to "California Girls", then rips off a scorching guitar solo on "Fun, Fun, Fun".

Arizona Senator John McCain also lamented his passing.

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