Country superstar Glen Campbell who has died at the age of 81 Credit AP
During a 55-year career, Campbell released more than 60 albums and sold 45 million records.
In a press release, Alzheimer's Association president Harry Johns praised Glen, Kim, and the rest of the Campbell family and thanked them for raising awareness about the disease.
"Besides being an wonderful solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician - as part of the Wrecking Crew - playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra". "That was a kick". He would stand behind me and watch my hands on the piano keys and divine the positions that he would need to take on the frets of the guitar. "I'm going out to show what this disease is" because he wants to change the conversation.
Though Dean Martin's version of "Witchita Lineman" was more popular in Europe, in America, the song was always best known as performed by Glen Campbell.
John Mayerpaid tribute to Glen Campbell Tuesday night during a concert in Nashville, Tennessee, hours after the country music legend died in the city. He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join his uncle's band and appear on his uncle's radio show.
The US country and rock artist, who was also a well-regarded session guitarist for bands such as The Beach Boys, had been suffering from Alzheimer's. He opened for The Doors and sang and played bass with The Beach Boys as a replacement for Brian Wilson. "It was hard leading up to the show, it was really stressful and hard". "I had never had anything like that happen to me". The two remained friends throughout their lives-Webb's Facebook tribute is quite lovely-but part of the brilliance of Glen is that he made all these dense words and emotions not only easy but universal. "After the show went off the air, he rallied, beginning with the gorgeous "Houston (I'm Comin" To See You)" which was trumped on the charts by an improbable update of Pee Wee King's old- timey "Bonaparte's Retreat" that was modernized by a bagpipe solo.
His guests included country acts, The Monkees, Lucille Ball, Cream, Neil Diamond and Ella Fitzgerald.
Born in Billstown, Arkansas, a small community located south of the Ouachita National Forest, Campbell was the seventh son of 12 children and began playing guitar at a very young age. In the early 1980s , while battling alcoholism and cocaine addiction, Campbell made tabloid headlines with a 15-month, high-profile relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker. In late 2003, he was arrested near his home in Phoenix after causing a minor traffic accident.
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 vehicle accident.
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