Fitting farewell for Rhinestone Cowboy

Top News | Associated Press 10 Aug 2017

Glen Campbell was a rare entertainer who got to say goodbye to his life and career in every way he knew how.

Before his mind evaporated into Alzheimer's disease, Campbell was able to go out on one last big tour, star in a documentary, and record an album of his favorite songs, fittingly called Adios.

Three of his children sing on the album, which was released earlier this summer.

The country superstar died on Tuesday in Nashville at age 81.

"I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be," daughter Ashley Campbell wrote on Twitter. "He will be remembered so well, and with so much love."

A guitarist since age four, Campbell's musical talent, boyish looks, and friendly charm brought him decades of success. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No 1 songs Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.

His numerous hits include By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Galveston, Wichita Lineman, Gentle On My Mind, and Where's the Playground, Susie?

His performance of the title song from the 1969 film, True Grit, in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination.

Campbell was nominated again for an Oscar in 2015 for I'm Not Gonna Miss You, a song from the documentary Glen Campbell I'll Be Me.

The 2014 film about Campbell's farewell tour in 2011 and 2012 offers a poignant look at his decline from Alzheimer's, while showcasing his virtuoso guitar chops that somehow continued to shine as his mind unraveled.

His wife, Kim Campbell, announced earlier this year that her husband could no longer play guitar.

One of 12 children, Campbell left his native Arkansas as a teenager in pursuit of music. By his early 20s, he had formed his own group and moved to Los Angeles. He opened for The Doors and sang and played bass with The Beach Boys.

Campbell was married four times and had eight children. Besides Kim and Ashley, he is survived by children Cal, Shannon, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane and Dillon, and 10 grandchildren.

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