Singer Glen Campbell Dies at 81

Newsmax | 4/22/1936 | Staff
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Glen Campbell, the Hollywood-handsome country singer with pop appeal whose long road to success gave special meaning to his best-known song, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” has died. He was 81.

He died Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, citing Campbell’s publicist Sandy Brokaw. No cause was given. Campbell and his wife disclosed in June 2011 that he had Alzheimer’s disease and that his next round of concerts would be a farewell tour.

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Campbell’s rendition of “Rhinestone Cowboy” was a crossover hit in 1975, reaching No. 1 on country and pop charts. Though written and first performed by Larry Weiss, the song was so associated with Campbell that it became his nickname and the title of his 1994 autobiography, which described his hardscrabble roots and detailed how fame had led him to alcohol and cocaine, undermined his first three marriages and made him an absentee father.

Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.”

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In his memoir, written with Tom Carter, Campbell said: “I loved the line confessing compromising in the first verse. I thought it was my autobiography set to song.”

A sharecropper’s son from Arkansas, Campbell eked out a living playing guitar in bands and studios before bursting onto the scene in his 30s.

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He won four Grammy Awards in 1967 for performances on “Gentle on My Mind” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” which won the Album of the Year Grammy for 1968. Jimmy Webb, who wrote the title track on “By the Time I get to Phoenix,” also provided Campbell with his next two hits, “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.”

“He is emblematic of the new winds blowing in from the country,” New York Times critic Robert Shelton wrote in 1968. “He brings sophistication and refinement to his rural ballads and an excellent voice and fluent guitar to more urbane material.”

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