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Glen Campbell, Country Legend, Dies at 81

12 August 2017

After a recording hiatus during which Campbell toured heavily, he followed this up in 1975 with another Grammy for the best record Rhinestone Cowboy which contained his signature hit song of the same name, and then another in 1980 for best record by a duo, which was Dream Lover with Tanya Tucker, his much-younger fiancé.

With songs like "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Gentle on My Mind", "Wichita Lineman", and "Galveston", the musician released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career.

In 1968, he recorded the theme song for John Wayne's Oscar-winning movie True Grit and also had a co-starring role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Newcomer.

According to Campbell's website, his father recognised his talent at an early age and bought him a $5 guitar when he was four years old.

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The documentary, which chronicled his 2011-2012 farewell tour, offered a poignant look at his decline from Alzheimer's while showcasing his virtuoso guitar chops that somehow continued to shine even as his memory unraveled. He was a wonderful session musician as well, a lot of people don't realize that.

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Campbell performed on tracks for stars such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Campbell used the song as the theme to his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

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For the singer of country Dolly Parton, " Glen Campbell was one of the voices of the most incredible of all time ".

Jimmy Webb (left) wrote some of Glen Campbell's most memorable pop and country hits from the 1960s onward.

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Glen Campbell, Country Legend, Dies at 81