At first it seemed unusual that the death of Glen Campbell from Alzheimer's disease, an insidious illness that first robbed him of his memory and then his life, should inspire my mind to flood with memories. Campbell continued to release new music and tour even after announcing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Check out the country music maven's tribute to the late star here!
Campbell's abilities didn't end with his voice.
Campbell was a member of the Wrecking Crew, a group of ultra talented studio musicians who played on tons of records in the 1960s and 70s.
During this once-in-a-lifetime session, hear details highlighting many of these experiences and recollections on critical figures that factored into Glen Campbell's life, like Elvis Presley, Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash. According to Campbell's website, his father recognized his talent at an early age and bought him a $5 guitar when he was four years old.
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I feel kind of bad now that I pretty much dismissed him from his place among my musical favorites for so long - "Rhinestone Cowboy" did that and it might even be partly because I have a lot of painful teenage memories that get dredged up whenever I hear that song, or maybe it's because it's kind of a dumb song complaining about what a drag it is to be a famous singer.
Campbell's baby face also loomed large in the first Western I remember seeing on a big screen, "True Grit". "I love Glen for so many reasons - but above all, for his humanity".
In 2014, Entertainment Tonight showed Tucker a trailer for the farewell tour film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me and she became emotional over what could have been. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was soon followed with "Galveston", "Gentle on My Mind" and "Wichita Lineman". At the time, Urban was still relatively unknown in the world of country music.
Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in a small town in the southern state of Arkansas, the seventh of 12 children of a struggling sharecropper. The retired president Bill Clinton suggested the documentary would make Campbell remembered for more than his music. Now, enjoy a few of those.