The Rhinestone Cowboy: The life and music of Glen Campbell

Country superstar Glen Campbell dies

The 49-year-old, who got to meet and work with Campbell over the years, acknowledged his influence on him not only as a singer and guitarist, but performer not afraid to cross the lines of country's complexity of genres.

Owen posted his "Wichita Lineman" video shortly after the news broke that Campbell, who had been fighting a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, had died at the age of 81 on Tuesday morning.

Campbell also acted in movies, like the John Wayne classic True Grit.

"I remember hearing his songs as a little girl when we would go to the neighborhood taverns", said Gina Cook. His song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was released in 1967 to critical acclaim, and he followed that up with smash hits like "Gentle on My Mind" and "Rhinestone Cowboy".

One of 12 children of a sharecropper, Glen Campbell first picked up a guitar at age four and his father soon bought him his first guitar for $5.

In the later years, Love continues to write, it was always fun seeing Campbell, and he will be remembered as one of the country's greatest musicians.

The "Blue Ain't Your Color" singer closed his note with a final message for the "Rhinestone Cowboy".

John Mayer paid tribute to Glen Campbell Tuesday night during a concert in Nashville, Tennessee, hours after the country music legend died in the city. That includes the South Dakota Symphony; members recorded a special album with Campbell 16 years ago.

For many fans, Campbell was everywhere.

Starting in 1980, he had a tumultuous relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker, who was more than 20 years younger.

Born and raised in Delight, Arkansas, a population of less than 300, Glen Campbell left his mark in the music world, but before that, he was just a country boy with a guitar.

Campbell cut the album in 2012 after completing a hard final tour, which was documented by the movie Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. "I think it hit me nearly harder when I found out he had Alzheimer's", says Hill.

It's a moment that musician Chris Hill will never forget.

In his Glen Campbell tribute, Jimmy Webb wrote on his official Facebook page that his longtime friend and co-collaborator's passing was inevitable, given his recent and well-documented health issues. But no one knew that yet - not even him.In the 2014 documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me", directed by actor-filmmaker James Keach, there's a scene where Campbell and his wife travel to Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of greater federal support for increased Alzheimer's research funding.

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