Country music legend Glen Campbell dies at 81

Glen Campbell shares a light moment on stage in Morristown as his daughter Ashley looks

Glen Campbell shares a light moment on stage in Morristown as his daughter Ashley looks on Oct. 19 2012

Campbell was diagnosed in 2011, and with his family by his side, he raised awareness about Alzheimer's disease, sharing this very personal side with fans. Campbell's death was announced Tuesday in a post on his official website and social media accounts.

Glen Travis Campbell was born April 22, 1936, in Billstown, a tiny community near the town of Delight, Ark., the seventh son of a seventh son, to sharecropper John Wesley and Carrie Dell Campbell, who would go on to have several more children. Let people listen to that one for a long, long, long time because he sang like an angel. The seeds of his career were planted at the age of 4 when he received a guitar that had been ordered from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail-order catalog.

The three-hour episode will be titled "REMEMBERING GLEN CAMPBELL", comprised of CAMPBELL's music, greatest hits, and his wonderful story.

Prior to launching his career as a solo artist, Campbell was a sought-after session guitarist, playing on countless hits by a variety of music stars, as Webb noted.

He would become a longtime resident of the Los Angeles area. Campbell went on to play guitar on the Beach Boys' platinum record Pet Sounds.

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In 1967, he was awarded a record-breaking four Grammy Awards for "Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I get To Phoenix".

Webb admitted that when he and Campbell first met, their opposing political beliefs caused some friction - he was liberal and Glen was a Republican - but, he noted, they were able to put aside their differences.

CAMPBELL: (Singing) And the Wichita lineman is still on the line. He picked up the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1969. Glen Campbell, one of the most famous singers of the genre, died on Tuesday at the age of 81 in Nashville. We lost a friend this morning, and the world lost an enormously talented person in Glen Campbell.

Richie Sambora, best known for obtaining fame as Bon Jovi's lead guitarist, recalled how Campbell had been an influence to him. "He was a secret weapon in the armory of Sixties record producers".

"I had people come up after the film who had family members or themselves had Alzheimer's who said, 'I no longer feel ashamed, '" Keach said.

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

Other casinos the country music star played include the French Lick Resort Casino in IN, the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino in Mescalero, NM, and the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, CT.

Yet even as Campbell's disease progressed, he retained a deep musical fluency. This was all despite Campbell being unable to read music. He could still hit the notes. "I miss you already", commented soberly Miley Cyrus.

Like the Goodbye Tour, the song is unique in the country canon.

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

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