Country Music Icon Glen Campbell Dead at 81

Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Country music icon Glen Campbell passed away at the age of 81 Tuesday after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Campbell notched 21 Top 40 hits over the course of his career, including “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” An accomplished guitarist, he was also a member of L.A.’s vaunted Wrecking Crew, which backed the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, The Byrds, and The Righteous Brothers on some of their biggest singles. As Rolling Stone notes, Campbell appeared on 586 tracks in 1963 alone, and filled in for Brian Wilson in The Beach Boys in 1964 after Wilson had a nervous breakdown. Campbell has eight children from four marriages, and struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction throughout his life. During his battle with Alzheimer’s, he allowed a film crew to tail him during his final tour, which resulted in the touching documentary I’ll Be Me.

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