Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

'Rhinestone Cowboy' and Other Great Hits to Remember Glen Campbell By

'Rhinestone Cowboy' and Other Great Hits to Remember Glen Campbell By

Dolly Parton was among many stars who paid tribute to Campbell, describing him as "one of the greatest voices of all time".

Glen Campbell, the singer known for hits like Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, has died aged 81.

Mayer played Campbell's hit, "Gentle On My Mind", which was recorded in 1967.

In all, Campbell charted 75 country singles, five of which went No 1: I Wanna Live; Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.

His struggles to continue performing and recording after the diagnosis was the subject of an award-winning 2014 documentary called "Glen Campbell.I'll Be Me".

"Glen just fit right in, he was so doggone good", Rumble recalls. "I got to keep playing".

Campbell's all-round appeal lay in the way he effortlessly bridged the worlds of country music and pop, The Times says, adding the star would say he was "not a country singer, but a country boy who sings".

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Because of his work on The Beach Boys' classics like Help Me Rhonda and I Get Around, he regularly filled in for singer Brian Wilson when the group toured. Campbell popped up on easy listening tunes by Frank Sinatra ("September Of My Years") and Dean Martin ("Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime").

"We lost one of the greatest voices, guitar players and entertainer that our world has ever seen".

"Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted". The two would become musical partners. Glen capitalised on his popularity and also explored acting and TV presenting.

In 2011, Campbell revealed he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease so fans would understand if he seemed disoriented on stage.

The 10-time Grammy Award victor from Arkansas released more than 70 albums. But at the height of his fame, Campbell hit personal lows - divorces and a drug and alcohol problem. One of Campbell's daughters, Ashley, said she was heartbroken. But Campbell's version was inescapably accessible, plus it but a put a few well-earned royalty checks in Toussaint's mailbox. His uncle, who taught him the instrument, in 1954, invited the 18-year-old to join his band and appear on his local radio show.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell, and eight children.

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