Country music star and crossover hitmaker Glen Campbell, 81, has passed away

Tom Hinde

Glen Campbell, a guitar prodigy and ballad singer who dominated the late 1960s and 1970s, has died. Campbell was 81. Campbell announced he had Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and performed what he called the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour shortly thereafter. In 2015, he won his sixth and final Grammy Award for the best country music song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which he co-wrote as a documentary about his life and deteriorating health.

Campbell cultivated a clean-cut image that was at odds with his oft stormy personal life. Campbell, who ever received any formal training, was born on April 22, 1936 in Delight, Ark. He grew up on a family farm with 11 siblings playing guitar a church picnics, on local radio and at nightclubs. He rose to fame in the early 1960s as a studio musician performing with the so-called Wrecking Crew of Los Angeles. His career spanned more than six decades. He made dozens of albums, sold more than 40 million records and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.