Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Has Died at Age 81

Nick Sanchez
August 12, 2017

Watch the trailer for Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me below; it's now streaming on Netflix.

Campbell was one of country music's greatest crossover artists, from his 1967 Grammy award-winner "Gentle On My Mind" to this 1975 multimillion seller.

Throughout much of his life, Campbell played his songs and set-lists across many U.S.

"He wanted to tell the story of his Alzheimer's disease", Keach told America's ABC News.

There he performed as a session musician with Phil Spector's legendary backing band known as The Wrecking Crew helping to produce what was called the Wall of Sound.

The '80s were a country song gone awry for Campbell, a decade defined less by his creative output than by his battles with drugs and alcohol and his tempestuous, on-again, off-again affair with singer Tanya Tucker, who was half his age. Between 1964 and 1965, Campbell toured with the Beach Boys as a temporary replacement for Brian Wilson, who had briefly retired after suffering from panic attacks.

Campbell, who was married four times and had eight children, had well-publicised struggles with drinking and drugs. He played on several recordings including tracks for Ricky Nelson, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, and Merle Haggard.

Campbell is famous for his county music and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

An influential singer, songwriter, musician, television host and actor, Campbell also had a lasting, if unintentional, impact on horseracing, providing the inspiration for the names of a number of horses through the titles of his popular songs.

Just hours after Glen Campbell's passing, Keith Urban took to social media to share an emotional statement praising the singer's "humanity" and influence on country music.

He won another two Grammy Awards in 1968 for the best album By The Time I Get To Phoenix and best record Wichita Lineman. "I miss you already", commented soberly Miley Cyrus. You'll see appearances by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, comedy legend Carol Burnett, and movie icon John Wayne, with whom Glen co-starred in the 1969 Western film classic True Grit, in CMT's new show.

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