In a statement announcing his death, Campbell’s family said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Campbell sold over 45 million records worldwide and even managed to outsell The Beatles in the year of 1968.

He was born in Billstown, Arkansas in 1936 and began his career when he moved to Los Angeles in 1962 where he joined the Wrecking Crew group of sessions musicians. With them, he played on records by the likes of The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and The Righteous Brothers.

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Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2005 and released his final album ‘Adios’ earlier this year. It features covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Harry Nilsson among others, which were recorded on his farewell tour in 2014.