Glen Campbell dead at 81

Jimmy Webb Glen Campbell's Longtime Songwriting Partner Offers Touching Tribute To Country Icon

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Watch the trailer for Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me below; it's now streaming on Netflix.

The nine-time Grammy-winner, best known for hit tracks Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, died on Tuesday morning in Nashville, following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Campbell's more than 70 albums sold more than 50 million copies, earning him six Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame. And while he started out by sharing memories of their many years of close friendship, Webb made sure to emphasize that Campbell was more than just one of the biggest names in country music, but also someone who appreciated different genres of music and stood out as a very underrated guitar player.

Webb, who still tours regularly - he'll be at One World Theatre on October 26 - last year brought a show called "The Glen Campbell Years" to Austin.

"RIP Glen Campbell - a great singer and musician who wrote and chose to cover great songs", tweeted Carole King.

Brian Wilson, founder of The Beach Boys and friend of Campbell, said he was broken up to hear about his death.

Country and pop music legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday at the age of 81
Country and pop music legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday at the age of 81

Campbell, who was married four times and had eight children, had well-publicised struggles with drinking and drugs. After having accompanied Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley or the Beach Boys, the guitarist prodigy went solo in 1963. To recall, the legendary singer has also starred in different variety shows which include, "The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour" in CBS.

Glen Campbell was one of Keith Urban's musical idols, so the superstar was thrilled when he got the chance to actually jam with the legendary guitarist and singer in 2009.

BENZTOWN has produced a series of short form pieces featuring music and sound clips of CAMPBELL; listen here.

In a statement issued Tuesday night to his official Facebook, Urban paid tribute to someone he considered his "role model".

"Welcome to the award winning world kid", Urban wrote of Campbell's message to him. In 2013, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was recorded in his last session.

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