Glen Campbell dies at 81

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CMT will pay tribute to the legendary Glen Campbell with a new, half-hour special set to premiere Thursday morning.

Peaking at number one in Canada, the USA and Ireland, Rhinestone Cowboy is Campbell's best-known song.

Apparently, he was able to release more than 70 albums in the entire run of his career for 50 years.

Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories.

On television and on stage, Glen Campbell was a superstar with boyish good looks, a flashy smile and wit, but it was his last performance on screen that exposed a more vulnerable side that touched many of his fans. Campbell told the world he had Alzheimer's Disease in 2011.

In his 20s, Campbell, who had come West to Los Angeles to seek stardom, flourished as part of the Wrecking Crew, the fabled, though mostly unknown to the public, collective of studio and session musicians who played behind some of the biggest names in the music business.

The 49-year-old, who got to meet and work with Campbell over the years, acknowledged his influence on him not only as a singer and guitarist, but performer not afraid to cross the lines of country's complexity of genres. Between 1964 and 1965, Campbell toured with the Beach Boys as a temporary replacement for Brian Wilson, who had briefly retired after suffering from panic attacks.

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Campbell was known for his country music during the 1960's and 1970's.

It is regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time.

The show's also your chance to relive numerous highlights from Glen's network TV variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. He recorded songs for everyone from the Byrds to Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra, but with the Beach Boys, Campbell almost had a full-time gig.

Glen was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and released his final album "Adios" - which was a compilation of covers recorded prior to his retirement - earlier this year.

JIMMY WEBB: "Wichita Lineman", to me, is a quintessential Glen Campbell record.

He won another two Grammy Awards in 1968 for the best album By The Time I Get To Phoenix and best record Wichita Lineman.

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