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Singer Glen Campbell dies at age 81

Campbell died at age 81 on Tuesday after battling Alzheimer's disease for several years.

At any rate, after the passing of Campbell yesterday (August 8) following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, it is nice to remember that any music can influence the next generation of musicians.

That dichotomy was also explored in his everlasting hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy", which Campbell later said he felt was something of a personal anthem. Performing certainly seemed to bring Campbell fulfillment while on the road for the last time. Maybe Glen and Merle are picking a tune together right now.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys tweeted that Campbell was "an incredible musician and an even better person".

"The lyrics start off "I'm still here, but yet I'm gone/I don't play guitar or sing my songs".

"Wait a minute", Campbell said from the stage, "What's going on here?" Campbell popped up on easy listening tunes by Frank Sinatra ("September Of My Years") and Dean Martin ("Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime"). "Glen Campbell", Owen writes alongside the video.

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"Glen Campbell, a great entertainer, a great man & a great Arizonan - thanks for the memories!" Keith Urban also turned to Facebook, calling Campbell a "role model" who "blazed real trails".

He chronicled his fight with alcohol and cocaine addiction in his 1994 autobiography "Rhinestone Cowboy". He also tried to develop a solo career, succeeding in 1967 with hits such as "Gentle on my mind" and "By the time I get to Phoenix".

He had publicly announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's in June 2011 - and then embarked on a nationwide farewell tour that ended in November 2012. But Campbell's version was inescapably accessible, plus it but a put a few well-earned royalty checks in Toussaint's mailbox.

"It was completely embedded in this guy's psyche and he'd done it since he was five years old", Keach tells NPR.

As a recording artiste, Glen continued to have more success in the country than on the pop charts.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell; their three children; his children from previous marriages; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers.

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