Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell dies aged 81


"[He] was an wonderful performer, musician &, more importantly, a great dude". "Thanks Glen. you'll live on." he tweeted. One of Campbell's daughters, Ashley, said she was heartbroken.

John Mayer payed tribute to country music legend Glen Campbell during his concert at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.

Campbell hosted his own television show - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour - from 1969 to 1972 and took his chiseled good looks to Hollywood.

The family of the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, announced his death on Facebook on Tuesday.

The statement confirmed that he had died "following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease" and noted that fans could donate to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation in his memory via his CareLiving.org donation page. "I can hug you and hold you but I can't know for sure where you are".

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Campbell's death was met with an outpouring of grief from stars of the country music world and others. His on-again, off again relationship with singer Tanya Tucker became tabloid fodder. It's an ideal hit for a veteran artist: It feels autobiographical even if it was a song Campbell picked up from the airwaves, a song that gains resonance through how it's sung.

"I had an old vehicle and l used to drive to the set with the Duke (Wayne)", Campbell told me.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell; their three children; his children from previous marriages; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers. She stayed with him through a long and exasperating battle with Alzheimer's. Campbell popped up on easy listening tunes by Frank Sinatra ("September Of My Years") and Dean Martin ("Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime"). "He was told to hang up the guitar and instead he proudly walked out and said, 'This is who I am". All three were masterfully crafted, from Jimmy Webb's compositional detail to the exquisitely orchestrated arrangements that made the songs sound cinematic to the unforced emotive vocal drama Campbell brought to the music. I'm here for you.

In 1960, Campbell moved to Los Angeles where he had a regular job at a music company, where he was a song-writer and chipped in to record demos.