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Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81

A Pike County native and legendary singer has passed away. Eighty one year old Glen Travis Campbell died Tuesday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He grew up in Billstown and released more than 70 albums, selling 50 million copies with more than 80 songs charting.

Campbell made history in 1967 with his first Grammy wins by sweeping the song and performance awards in both the pop and country and western categories. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” won the pop accolades and “Gentle on My Mind” took the two country and western trophies. Those two songs and “Wichita Lineman” are in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

His song, Rhinestone Cowboy in 1975 sold more than five million copies.

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.

In lieu of flowers, donations for Alzheimer’s research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page at Careliving.org.