Glen Campbell's public Alzheimer's battle set his legacy

'Wichita Lineman' Campbell nears the end of the line

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.

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

Campbell was one of country music's greatest crossover artists, from his 1967 Grammy award-winner "Gentle On My Mind" to this 1975 multimillion seller. They also shared a bond via the Jimmy Webb song "Highwayman", which Campbell recorded as the title track to an album he released in 1979.

Drummer Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew told The GuardianCampbell "was one of those great guitarists who could hear a part once and had it down pat".

Campbell's funeral was today, and in about two weeks, there will be a memorial service for him at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. In 1969, he hosted a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, where such stars as Johnny Cash and Dean Martin appeared. "You got it.' Glen Campbell".

As well as his musical talents, Campbell also ventured onto the big screen, starring alongside John Wayne in True Grit (1969) and most recently playing Jesse Dalton for a stint in TV series Players (1997).

Campbell was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. The American, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 2011, had just released a last album last June, titled Adios. It was a farewell song to the people he loved, but with the message that he would be OK as the disease progressed.

Also featured in the film was the song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", which Campbell had written and recorded with Raymond. It opens with, "I'm still here/ But yet I'm gone".

Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane and Dillon; 10 grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra and Jane; and brothers John Wallace "Shorty" and Gerald.

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