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Glen Campbell, a guitar prodigy and ballad singer who dominated the polished, string-swelling countrypolitan sound of the late 1960s and 1970s and cultivated a clean-cut image at odds with his once-stormy personal life, died Aug. 8 in Nashville. He was 81.

His publicist confirmed the death to the Associated Press. Mr. Campbell announced that he had Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and performed what he called the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour shortly thereafter. In 2015, he won his sixth and final Grammy Award, honored for best country song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which he co-wrote for a documentary about his life and deteriorating health.

In a career that spanned six decades, Mr. Campbell made dozens of albums, sold more than 40 million records and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At a time when the grittier “outlaw” movement of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was on the rise, Mr. Campbell vaulted to fame as an unabashed sentimentalist whose songs were aimed squarely at the American heartland.

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Country music star Glen Campbell died Aug. 8 at the age of 81. In June 2011, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. (The Washington Post)

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