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Country great Glen Campbell loses battle with Alzheimer's; Recording Academy Responds

Recording Academy™ Statement re: Glen Campbell
Aug. 8, 2017

Six-time GRAMMY® winner Glen Campbell was, and always will be, an American treasure. In a career spanning more than six decades, Glen contributed to countless hits as part of the renowned group of session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. As an artist, his remarkable voice, top-level guitar work, and dazzling showmanship shot him to superstardom in the 1960s, and he became one of the most successful pop/country crossover artists of all time. Glen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy™ in 2012, our formal acknowledgment of his immense contributions to music and culture and we’ll always cherish his historic appearance at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in 2012, one of his last performances. We have lost an icon who will be greatly missed, but Glen’s musical gifts will live on forever.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
Recording Academy



Campbell died on August 8 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.  I his younger years he'd overcome drug and alcohol addiction.   His career spanned over 6 decades, bridging the genres of country and pop.  Among his many hits were "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Tim I Get to Phoenix" and "Southern Nights."
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