Country Star Glen Campbell Loses Battle To Alzheimer's At Age Eighty-One

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Campbell's family says he died Tuesday morning in Nashville.

The 1970s found Campbell's music reaching a wider audience, as evidenced by songs such as "Rhinestone Cowboy", which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, country and adult contemporary charts in 1975, followed two years later by his second and final No. 1 hit, "Southern Nights", written by revered New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. He had originally recorded with the group the year before, but when band leader Brian Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown in December 1964, Campbell was hired to take his place on tour, playing bass and singing harmonies.

But his breakout success came in 1967 with the song Gentle on My Mind and his album By the Time I Get to Phoenix was named Album of the Year at the 1968 Grammy Awards.

Campbell recalled meeting Urban when he was still an up-and-coming musician during a trip to Australia and giving him the advice to always keep practicing - advice Urban admitted he was still following to that day, years into a successful career. The American, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 2011, had just released a last album last June, titled Adios. He was a wonderful session musician as well, a lot of people don't realize that.

WASHINGTON •Former United States president Bill Clinton once praised singer Glen Campbell for his courage in becoming a public face of Alzheimer's disease.

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Naming horses can be a hard process, but Campbell's famous words helped owners, particularly Coolmore's John Magnier, find fitting names for some of their stars. After having accompanied Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley or the Beach Boys, the guitarist prodigy went solo in 1963.

Campbell was known for his country music during the 1960's and 1970's.

Additionally, UNITED STATIONS RADIO NETWORKS will pay tribute on its weekly program "RICK JACKSON'S COUNTRY CLASSICS", set to air the weekend of SATURDYA, AUGUST 26th and SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th.

Jimmy Webb (left) wrote some of Glen Campbell's most memorable pop and country hits from the 1960s onward.

"Welcome to the award winning world kid", Urban wrote of Campbell's message to him.