It has been announced that country star Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81. He had been battling Alzheimer’s disease since 2011 and sadly he has now lost the fight.
During his long career he sold an estimated 70 million albums world wide. He was born in Arkansas on 22 April 1936 and was one of 12 children.
He made his name as a session guitarists. At one point even touring with the Beach Boys in 1965 filling in for singer Brian Wilson. As a session guitarist he played on hundreds of tracks including Daydream Believer by The Monkees, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling by The Righteous Brothers, Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra and Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley.
His break through came in 1967 with hits like Gentle On My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Wichita Lineman went to No 1 in the US winning a Grammy award. By the end of the 1960’s he even had his own television show called The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour. He also appeared in the original version of True Grit along side John Wayne.
Rhinestone Cowboy was the peak of his career when it was released in 1975 topping the charts the world over. This was followed by another smash hit in 1977 called Southern Nights.
By this time the clean cut all American hero’s private life was in turmoil. Divorce, drink and drugs sealing his fall from grace. He was arrested for drunk-driving in 2003 but he turned his life around and became a devout Christen. He remarried and started a new family. Saying later in an interview that he had “got down on my knees and prayed. And, eventually, I got rid of those demons.”
Rest in peace Glen.