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Glen Camp­bell, su­per­star en­ter­tainer of 1960s and ‘70s, won mul­ti­ple Grammy Awards, recorded more than 70 al­bums

Glen Camp­bell, the af­fa­ble su­per­star singer of “Rhine­stone Cow­boy” and “Wi­chita Line­man” whose ap­peal spanned coun­try, pop, tele­vi­sion and movies, died Tues­day, his fam­ily said. He was 81.

Camp­bell’s fam­ily said the singer died Tues­day morn­ing in Nashville and pub­li­cist Sandy Brokaw con­firmed the news. No cause was im­me­di­ately given. Camp­bell an­nounced in June 2011 that he had been di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

In the late 1960s and well into the ‘70s, the Arkansas na­tive seemed to be ev­ery­where, known by his boy­ish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. He won five Gram­mys, sold more than 45 mil­lion records, had 12 gold al­bums and 75 chart hits, in­clud­ing No. 1 songs with “Rhine­stone Cow­boy” and “Southern Nights.”

His per­for­mance of the ti­tle song from “True Grit,” a 1969 re­lease in which he played a Texas Ranger along­side Os­car win­ner John Wayne, re­ceived an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion. He twice won al­bum of the year awards from the Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic and was voted into the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he re­ceived a Grammy for life­time achieve­ment.

His last record was “Adios,” which came out in June, and features songs that Camp­bell loved to sing, but never recorded, in­clud­ing tunes made fa­mous by Bob Dy­lan, Linda Ron­stadt and Johnny Cash.

Camp­bell was among a wave of coun­try cross­over stars that in­cluded Johnny Cash, Roy Clark and Kenny Rogers, and like many of his con­tem­po­raries, he en­joyed suc­cess on tele­vi­sion. Camp­bell had a weekly au­di­ence of some 50 mil­lion peo­ple for the “Glen Camp­bell Good­time Hour,” on CBS from 1969 to 1972. He gained new fans decades later when the show, fea­tur­ing his cheer­ful greet­ing “Hi I’m Glen Camp­bell,” was re­run on ca­ble chan­nel CMT.

He re­leased more than 70 of his own al­bums, and in the 1990s recorded a se­ries of gospel CDs. His 2011 al­bum “Ghost On the Can­vas” in­cluded con­tri­bu­tions from Ja­cob Dy­lan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Cor­gan of Smash­ing Pump­kins.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Kim; their three chil­dren, Cal, Shan­non and Ash­ley; and his chil­dren from pre­vi­ous mar­riages.


In this July 27, 2011 photo, mu­si­cian Glen Camp­bell poses for a por­trait in Mal­ibu, Calif.

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