Los Angeles (U.S) U.S. country and pop singer Glen Campbell died at the age of 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, his family said on the musician’s official Facebook account.
Campbell, who during his life sold more than 45 million albums, gained national and international fame in the 1960s and ’70s not only for his hit songs but also for his television and movie appearances.
Born in 1936 into a humble family in Delight, Arkansas, Campbell got his start in the music world at an early age and, as a guitarist, always admired Django Reinhardt.
In his early 20s, Campbell moved to Los Angeles, where he gained fame as an excellent and much sought-after studio musician, working with stars such as Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
When Brian Wilson, the genius behind The Beach Boys, suffered health problems that led him to temporarily drop out of the band in the mid-1960s, Campbell joined the group for a few months to help out on concert tours.
But he also tried to develop a solo career, succeeding in 1967 with hits such as Gentle On My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix.
Later, he continued to turn out hits such as Galveston, Southern Nights and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
In addition, he made his movie debut in True Grit in 1969, co-starring with John Wayne and singing the title song, which was nominated for an Oscar.
Campbell also made it big in television with appearances on different TV series and ultimately headlining his own show – The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour – from 1969-1972.
The 1980s were a dark period for the musician, as he battled drug and alcohol problems.
A member of the Country Hall of Fame, in 2011 Campbell announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s, an issue dealt with in the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, directed by James Keach.
Also in 2011, he released his last album containing original songs entitled Ghost on the Canvas, although he made his recording farewell later that year with an album eloquently entitled Adiós. (August 9, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)
Exercise of comprehension B.1
Lee la noticia y responde las preguntas. (Read the news and answer the questions)
un artista ha sido hospitalizado.
un artista famoso ha muerto.
un artista se está recuperando de una enfermedad.
en la música country.
en todo los géneros musicales.
sólo en series de televisión.
No se sabe.
trabajó con las grandes estrellas de la música de su época.
nunca llegó a conocer personalmente a Elvis.
no logró trabajar con artistas famosos.
Campbell logró muchos éxitos.
Campbell no pasó por un buen momento.
Campbell empezó a sufrir alzhéimer.
No se sabe.
Exercise of vocabulary B.1
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You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%.
Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%%
una prenda de vestir.
no sucede regularmente.