Singer Glen Campbell dies at age 81

Published 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Daughter appeared in Chesapeake to raise funds for Alzheimer’s

NASHVILLE — Country musician Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81.

Campbell’s family announced Tuesday afternoon, via Facebook, that the musician, known for hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I get to Phoenix,” had passed away.

Campbell won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs such as “Southern Nights.” He was the host of his own variety show from 1969-1972.

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His last record was “Adios,” which came out in June and features songs that Campbell loved to sing but never recorded, including tunes made famous by Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash.

His daughter, Ashley Campbell, also a musician, made a guest appearance and said making the album was “therapeutic.”

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 and embarked on a farewell tour, which spanned into 2012.

One of those shows took place at the Keith-Albee Theater in Huntington as part of the Marshall Artists Series.

Campbell’s daughter, Debby Campbell, appeared at Chateau D’Italia Restaurant in Chesapeake in 2016, as part of a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story