Glen Campbell dies at 81

Country artist Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 (Aug. 8) after his official Twitter account confirmed the news. The "Rhinestone Cowboy" lost his battle to Alzheimer's after announcing in June 2011 that he was ill and later being moved to a facility near Nashville in April 2014. 

Campbell was known for his country and pop crossover success and boasted hits such as "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Line" and "Gentle on My Mind." In his decades long career, Campbell released over 70 albums total and sold more than 45 million. In that time, he amassed four Platinum albums, 12 Gold albums and one double-Platinum while capturing the hearts of millions for more than 50 years. Campbell had also earned six Grammy Awards and received the Lifetime Achievement honor in 2012.

Glen Campbell moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950's where he recorded demos and played guitar on sought after artists records. He played for the likes of Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and The Monkees. He also worked as part of Phil Spector's sessions band that created the "Wall of Sound" that is still famous today. In 1961, he released the song "Turn Around, Look at Me" but it wasn't until a year later when he signed to Capitol Records that he began building a career.

In 1967, Campbell released Burning Bridges and it was a commercial breakout success for the country pop star. He then teamed up with Bridges producer Al De Lory on the John Hartford track "Gentle on My Mind" and the song would go on to become a top 40 hit on both the country and pop charts.

In his later years after being diagnosed, Campbell still loved to play his guitar and sometimes would forget lines but with his family by his side, they reminded him where to go. He launched a farewell tour in 2011 with his youngest children Shannon, Cal and Ashley as his backup band guiding his way.

Campbell is survived by wife Kimberly Woollen, five sons and three daughters.