Glen Campbell, hit singer and guitarist, dead at 81

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( CNN) Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner compiled him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died, his family announced on Facebook on Tuesday. He was 81.

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“It is with the heaviest of souls that we announce the travel of our beloved partner, parent, grandpa, and mythical singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell … following his long and intrepid battle with Alzheimer’s disease, ” a Facebook statement said.

Campbell is best remembered for a cord of country-inflected slams that raced from the mid-‘6 0s to the late ‘8 0s: “Gentle on My Mind, ” “Rhinestone Cowboy, ” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix, ” “Wichita Lineman, ” “Galveston, ” “Southern Nights” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” among them.

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