His family released the news in a statement this week.
It's a sad day for country music fans everywhere as it's announced that the Rhinestone Cowboy himself, Glen Campbell, has passed away at the grand age of 81. His family made the revelation on his website this week as we await an official statement from his beloved wife.
Glen Campbell pictured in 2013
The country music legend announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's back in 2011, and now he has lost his battle with the disease and died yesterday (August 8th 2017) leaving behind a grief-stricken wife and no less than eight children.
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The 1960s was an incredible decade for music, with the likes of Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees and many, many others producing timeless hits that remain in the world's consciousness to this day. However, little do people know the reason for all these genius hits, for the catchy melodies and iconic hooks; behind every great artist of the day was a band unlike any other. The Wrecking Crew were probably the most sought after session musicians of the era, producing beats for all areas of the West Coast Sound, winning Grammys and become just as rich as the people they were supporting - and yet the general public remained widely oblivious to the music industry's secret weapon. They may have been ever-evolving, but these LA artists were still top choice for the biggest stars, namely Phil Spector who dubbed them 'The Phil Spector Wall of Sound Orchestra'.
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Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support acts like The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. This group was called The Wrecking Crew, and they created some of the greatest and most influential songs, without receiving any of the credit for it. Beach Boys co-founder, Bryan Wilson, described how they were the most important part of that period in music. A documentary 12 years in the making, sheds some light on some of the unsung heroes of the musical industry in the 1960s.
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A documentary homage to unsung session musicians
In the words of Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin "behind every great man is a great woman", but in this case it's more likely that behind the song there's a great combination of great, unrecognised musicians too.
George Harrison with session guitarist Joe Osborn from The Wrecking Crew
It is that concept that a new documentary The Wrecking Crew focuses on as it takes a look at the self-contained world of LA all-star session musicians that were behind each Grammy-award winning "Record of the Year" hit for six consecutive years during the 1960s - 1970s.
Continue reading: The Wrecking Crew Showcases The Best Of 1960s Session Musicians
Tim McGraw will perform the song at Sunday’s ceremony.
Country legend Glen Campbell is among the Oscar nominees this Sunday, in the best original song category for ‘I'm Not Gonna Miss You’, from the documentary film Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The song was written by the singer about his struggle with alzheimer’s disease after being diagnosed in 2011 and it features at the end of the documentary which follows his final tour.
Campbell in 2012
Sunday will be a bittersweet night for the 71 year old’s family, as his wife and daughter will attend the ceremony on his behalf. Campbell now lives in a care facility and his wife told ABC News that these days, the singer is doing very well physically but cognitively, he's declined "quite a bit.”
After having a music career that spanned five decades and saw the release of over 70 studio albums, country music superstar, Glen Campbell, was hit with a major tragedy. In June 2011, Campbell announced to his worldwide fan base that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six months earlier. What followed was a 'goodbye tour' of epic proportions. The tour was originally scheduled for five weeks, but in almost no time at all, that five weeks blossomed into a 151-week tour of sold-out concerts as fans across the globe flocked to see and support the musical legend before his retirement for the industry. His final performance came in 2012, at that year's Grammy Awards Ceremony were he performed his most famous and most loved song, 'Rhinestone Cowboy'.
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Glen Campbell is back with an album of old favorites, but not how you know them.
Glen Campbell has released his latest album See You There, which is likely to be his last given his ongoing battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
The legendary singer-songwriter recorded five of the twelve tracks during sessions for his 2011 album 'Ghost On The Canvas,' though the other seven tracks will all be familiar to fans. They include: 'Hey Little One,' 'Wichita Lineman,' 'Gentle On My Mind,' 'Galveston,' 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix,' 'True Grit,' and 'Rhinestone Cowboy.'
Interestingly, and to Campbell's credit, the versions are not simply remakes of the classic songs and gone are the strings that became a staple of the singer's Al De Lory-produced era. Instead, there's some steel guitar on the likes of 'Wichita Lineman' and new guitar work on 'Rhinestone Cowboy.'
Continue reading: Is 'See You There' Glen Campbell's 'American IV: The Man Comes Around'?
Date of birth
22nd April, 1936
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Twenty years ago this February, Glen and @realjimmywebb performed "If These Walls Could Speak" on TNN's 'Prime Time… https://t.co/pHAjpndaKz
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The 1960s was an incredible decade for music, with the likes of Beach Boys, Frank...
Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support...
After having a music career that spanned five decades and saw the release of over...