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Glen Campbell

Posted on 08 August 2017 by Brian Walsh

Glen Campbell lost his six-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, passing away in Nahville on Tuesday (August 8). The 81 year-old’s struggles with the disease were chronicled in the 2014 movie “I’ll Be Me”. Born in Billstown, Arkansas and raised in nearby Delite, he learned to play guitar from his Uncle Boo. Proving adept on the instrument, he joined his uncle’s band in Albuquerque before moving to Los Angeles to become a studio musician with the legendary Wrecking Crew at Gold Star Studio. He played on such hits as Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas”, “Mr. Tambourine Man” from the Byrds, Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” from the Righteous Brothers and “Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys. In fact, for a while Glen toured with the Beach Boys as a replacement for Brian Wilson. As a solo artist, he racked up 20 top 40 hits from 1967 to 1978, including the #1 hits “Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975) and “Southern Nights” (1977). He also appeared 75 times on the Country charts and 42 times on the Easy Listening charts. Other hits included “Wichita Lineman” (#3-1969), “Galveston” (#4-1969) and “It’s Only Make Believe” (#10-1970). He hosted the “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on CBS from 1968 to 1972 and appeared in the movies “True Grit” and “Norwood”. He won six Grammy Awards and was nominated for 11 more. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2012 and named to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. His final album, “Adios” was released last May.

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