Singer Glen Campbell dies aged 81

Singer Glen Campbell dies aged 81

Singer Glen Campbell dies aged 81

Campbell died Tuesday in a Nashville area care center at the age of 81 after a six-year battle with Alzheimer's.

Shortly after recording his deeply personal album, "Ghost on the Canvas" in 2011 Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Campbell's death was announced Tuesday in a post on his official website and social media accounts. Born April 22, 1936, in Billstown, Arkansas, he was the seventh of twelve children.

Campbell, who was married four times and had eight children, had well-publicised struggles with drinking and drugs. The seeds of his career were planted at the age of 4 when he received a guitar that had been ordered from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail-order catalog.

He had seen Glen Campbell just a few days ago and says his passing was expected.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Campbell and a host of other musicians formed what is fondly known as the Wrecking Crew. At that time, Jimmy had become captivated by Campbell's 1961 song "Turn Around, Look at Me", and as an aspiring songwriter, he prayed that he would one day be able to have Campbell record one of his songs. He also had a total of 80 songs hit various charts, with 29 of them hitting the top ten.

Wichita Lineman reached number three in the United States pop chart and topped the U.S. country music chart for two weeks.

Following Campbell's announcement about having Alzheimer's, he released Ghost on the Canvas and went on tour for what he called the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. His output from these years skewed heavily toward Christmas albums, gospel records and best-of compilations.

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In 2005, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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"Welcome to the award winning world kid", Urban wrote of Campbell's message to him. "He was a secret weapon in the armory of Sixties record producers".

MARTIN: Webb reflected on hearing his songs come alive through Campbell. Webb had written several more songs for his friend, including the title song of his final album, Adios, which was released in June.

His farewell tour and the accompanying film elicited an emotional outpouring. CNN has reported that Campbell will be best remembered through his music which runs from the mid-60s and up to the late 80s.

Yet even as Campbell's disease progressed, he retained a deep musical fluency.

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