Glen Campbell dies aged 81

Country legend Glen Campbell has passed away aged 81, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Campbell first rose to fame within the music industry in the early ’60s as a well respected session guitarist – having played on cuts from artists including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley – but it wasn’t until the latter part of the decade that he found his own solo success with a string of hits that resulted in him becoming one of the biggest names not only in Country but Pop music as well.

Indeed, so popular was he in the late ’60s that he even outsold The Beatles during 1968; his commercial success was so significant in fact that he earned his own TV show, ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’, which ran from 1969 to 1972. His popularity continued into the ’70s but the hits did start to slow after that and the ’80s and ’90s didn’t yield as many major singles for Campbell, although he remained prolific throughout that time.

His output did slow during the 2000s, but a couple of months before the 2011 release of ‘Ghost On The Canvas’ came the news that Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The 2014 film ‘I’ll Be Me’ poignantly documented Campbell’s battle with the illness as he embarked on his last ever tour; it offered a candid insight into his life at the time and stands as a testament to the staggering achievement of playing a 151 date tour when already well over a year into the onset of Alzheimer’s. With a total of 58 studio albums released over 55 years, Glen Campbell left behind him a hugely popular body of work and his final album, ‘Adiós’, serves as a poignant reminder of his talent.