Glen Campbell died Tuesday accoding to his. He was 81. Campbell had a long catalogue of hits including the memorable “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” which became crossover hits for him.”Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights” — hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Many also came to know the superstar through “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” a TV variety show that ran from 1969 to 1972.
In June 2011 Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and that it was in its early stages at that time. he made a documentary, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” that showcased the struggles on his final tour. A song from the movie, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” was nominated for an Oscar.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy released the following statement:
Six-time GRAMMY® winner Glen Campbell was, and always will be, an American treasure. In a career spanning more than six decades, Glen contributed to countless hits as part of the renowned group of session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. As an artist, his remarkable voice, top-level guitar work, and dazzling showmanship shot him to superstardom in the 1960s, and he became one of the most successful pop/country crossover artists of all time. Glen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy™ in 2012, our formal acknowledgment of his immense contributions to music and culture and we’ll always cherish his historic appearance at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in 2012, one of his last performances. We have lost an icon who will be greatly missed, but Glen’s musical gifts will live on forever.