Glen Campbell Dead at 81

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Glen Campbell performs during the Alzheimer's Association Evening with Glen Campbell at The Library of Congress on May 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Glen Campbell, the country star best known for hit hits “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Southern Nights,” died Tuesday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

Over a career that spanned six decades, Campbell released dozens of hits and sold more than 45 million records. At the height of his fame, in 1968, he outsold the Beatles, as Rolling Stone notes. He also hosted The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1969 until 1972, and temporarily replaced Brian Wilson during the Beach Boys’ 1964 tour. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Born in 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, Campbell was married four times and had five sons and three daughters. He released his final album of original material, Ghost on the Canvas (which featured Billy Corgan, Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, the Dandy Warhols, and others), in 2011, shortly after revealing his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Adios, an album of covers, was released earlier this year.

Read our 2008 interview with Campbell here.


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