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Glen Campbell Country singer Glen Campbell dies at 81
Glen Campbell may always be associated with hits such as Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman and statistics 50 million in record sales, he will leave a big legacy he leaves behind is one even more expansive, in range of musical genres, time periods and even instruments.
Dolly Parton called Campbell “one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business”. “He was also one of the greatest musicians. A lot of people don’t realize that, but he could play anything,” she said.
He died on Tuesday aged 81 of Alzheimer’s Disease, he was a guitar prodigy at age 10. He spent his childhood on an Arkansas farm with no electricity, where he was the seventh son in a family of eight boys and four girls. Not one for manual labor, he left at age 16 and worked the south-west honky-tonk circuit for eight years until landing in Los Angeles. It was the early 1960s and his impressive guitar skills earned him a place in the Wrecking Crew, a collection of LA session musicians who played on hundreds of recordings for the era’s biggest names – Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Sam Cooke, Dean Martin, Simon and Garfunkel, Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, and many others.