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Glen Campbell Dies at Age 81

09 Août 2017

Country music star Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 from complications from Alzheimer's.

Over a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold more than 45 million records, and was a famed sessions player, appearing on such hits as Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".

His first Grammy win was in 1967 when the singer conquered both the song and performance awards in the pop and country/western categories. He also tried his hand as an actor, co-starring in the iconic film "True Grit", and performing the theme song, which went on to be nominated for an academy award. He battled cocaine addiction and alcoholism, and saw his second and third marriages fail.

The musician perhaps best known for his 1975 hit, Rhinestone Cowboy, released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career.

"Our hearts are heavy by the passing of country music icon Glen Campbell". Besides making several quips about not remembering things, Campbell asked several times what key a song was in, couldn't remember the name of perhaps his biggest hit, "Wichita Lineman", and had to stop one song completely and start over.

Campbell came into his own as a crossover recording artist in the latter half of the 1960s. His 2008 album Meet Glen Campbell featured him covering songs from U2, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and Foo Fighters to great critical acclaim.

There's been a lot of compromisin' on the road to Glen Campbell's horizon, but he's gonna be where the lights are shinin' on him. He was host of the Glen Campbell Open on the PGA Tour from 1971 to 1983 and for a while had a daily tee time scheduled at the Malibu Country Club.

According to Campbell's website, his father recognized his talent at an early age and bought him a $5 guitar when he was four years old.

Campbell announced his retirement from touring in 2011 after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and played his final show in 2012.

"So sad that Glen Campbell has passed such a legend", added Kevin Jonas.

Singer Brad Paisley thanked Campbell on Twitter "for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music".

On his last tour, Campbell had three of his eight children playing in his backup band and providing emotional support. He said that his uncle, Boo, taught him how to play the guitar when he was very young.

A double Grammy victor for Campbell in 1968, this song - and its Al De Lory production style - might very well be the best example of the Glen Campbell sound. Earlier this summer, Mr. Campbell's record label released his final studio album, "Adios", recorded in 2012 and 2013. A guest appearance on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" led to his own music-and-skits show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour", which aired from 1969 to 1972.

Glen Campbell Dies at Age 81