Musician and singer Glen Campbell, known for a string of country-pop crossover hits such as “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Southern Nights” and “Wichita Lineman,” has died.
Campbell’s family announced his death on his webpage. Campbell reportedly died Tuesday at a care facility in Nashville after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.
Campbell was an accomplished guitar player who paid his dues early in his career as a member of the famed Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles-based studio musicians. While much of his work during the period was recorded anonymously, he played behind hitmakers including Frank Sinatra, the Monkees and Jan and Dean.
He played on a number of Beach Boys records, and briefly became a member of the group when he filled in for frontman Brian Wilson on tour.
Starting in the mid-1960s, Campbell began chalking up a string of solo hits: “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Try a Little Kindness,” “Honey Come Back” and many others.
His biggest hit came in 1975 with “Rhinestone Cowboy,” soon followed by another megahit in “Southern Nights” in 1977.
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in early 2011, Campbell embarked on his “Goodbye Tour,” which included three of his children as members of his backup band. He gave his final performance on Nov. 30, 2012, in Napa, Calif.
Following the tour he recorded his final album, “Adios,” released in June of this year.