Glen Campbell dead at 81

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 9, 2017

Campbell's more than 70 albums sold more than 50 million copies, earning him six Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame.

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"I wish you were here, " she wrote. And Webb says Campbell doesn't get enough credit for his contributions beyond performing. When we pulled up on a hot summer day, Glen's father was displaying a 49 pound catfish hanging from a tree.

He was taught to play by his Uncle Boo. Glen capitalised on his popularity and also explored acting and TV presenting.

Around 1960 the young musician moved to Los Angeles, becoming a session musician, playing for the likes of Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Merle Haggard.

In the early 1960s, Campbell signed with Capitol Records.

He toured with The Beach Boys in 1964 after singer Brian Wilson temporarily retired from the band.

Together, Webb and Campbell produced such Top 40 hits as "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman".

In the summer of 1968, Campbell guest hosted the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which led to his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which he hosted from 1969 until 1972.

Kim Campbell, Glen's wife of more than 35 years, is a founding member of WomenAgainstAlzheimer's, part of the UsAgainstAlzheimer's Network.

The musician succumbed to the excesses of drugs and alcohol, eventually leading to his being charged for extreme driving while under the influence after causing a auto accident.

This moving between two worlds may also explain why Campbell was the first musician able to bring country music into the realm of mainstream pop.

One of Kissel's favourite Glen Campbell songs is "Galveston" and he remembers listening to "Rhinestone Cowboy" on a greatest country songs of all-time record his grandfather bought for him.

"In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page".

Arizona Senator John McCain also lamented Campbell's passing.

As his official website maintains, his music not only "connected with Americans making the physical and cultural transition from a rural agrarian society to a modern urban one", but "also brought that love for the genre to new fans, who embraced it and helped move what was once a regional sound into the pop cultural conversation, sparking an interest in all things rural to an adoring worldwide audience".

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