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Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Passes Away

August 8, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Glen Campbell

A legend of country music is gone. Rolling Stone reports that Glen Campbell, best known for his hit “Rhinestone Cowboy,” died on Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was eighty-one.

Campbell kicked off his music career in earnest in 1958, forming the Western Wranglers after four years of playing in his uncle’s band in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and became a session musician, then joined The Champs later that year. When he went solo, he joined Crest Records and had some success with his first record, “Turn Around, Look At Me.”

Campbell quickly found success, appearing on TV on the syndicated series Star Route and becoming a touring members of the Beach Boys during four months in 1964 and 1965. 1969 saw Campbell host his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, from 1969 through 1972. He also had a role in John Wayne’s True Grit in 1969.

His biggest hit came with “Rhinestone Cowboy” in 1975, which was a huge pop-country crossover hit and became one of Campbell’s signature songs. His relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker became a focus for the tabloids, who focused on the twenty-two year age gap between them and their public behavior.

Campbell recorded a total of sixty studio albums in his career and scored eight #1 albums on the Billboard country charts. His 1977 track “Southern Nights” joined “Rhinestone Cowboy” as a Billboard Hot 100 single. He is survived by his wife Kim and eight children.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Campbell. He will most certainly be missed.

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