Country music legend Glen Campbell dies at 81

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The news of 81-year-old Glen Campbell's death from Alzheimer's Disease saddened many people, not least those who had seen him in concert at venues including casinos across the United States.

Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22, 1936, in a small USA town in the southern state of Arkansas, the seventh of 12 children of a struggling sharecropper.

His more than 70 albums sold more than 50 million copies, earning six Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and membership in the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Musicians Hall Of Fame. He also had a total of 80 songs hit various charts, with 29 of them hitting the top ten. "Glen Campbell, a great entertainer, a great man & a great Arizonan - thanks for the memories", he tweeted. Many remember his television show, the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which aired between 1969 and 1972.

His death was met with an outpouring of grief from stars of the country music world and others. The donations will benefit the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund.

Webb, who still tours regularly - he'll be at One World Theatre on October 26 - last year brought a show called "The Glen Campbell Years" to Austin. 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.

He won another two Grammy Awards in 1968 for the best album By The Time I Get To Phoenix and best record Wichita Lineman.

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Gorman said about five years ago, Campbell began his battle with Alzheimer's.

Among those who made a guest appearance on Campbell's final album "Adios," released in June, was Austin legend Willie Nelson.

Yet even as Campbell's disease progressed, he retained a deep musical fluency. It opens with, "I'm still here/ But yet I'm gone".

Heartbreaking footage shows from 2012 shows Campbell recording his last song, which was featured in the documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

"Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace "Shorty" and Gerald".