Campbell passed away on Tuesday in a facility for Alzheimer's patients in Nashville, Tennessee. He partnered with Campbell on an album recorded in 2012, after Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Born April 22, 1936, in Billstown, Arkansas, he was the seventh of twelve children.
Our thoughts are with Campbell's loved ones during this hard time. The seeds of his career were planted at the age of 4 when he received a guitar that had been ordered from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail-order catalog.
By the time he was 20, he had joined his uncle's band _ the Albuquerque-based Sandia Mountain Boys _ where he would hone his skills before striking out on his own to form Glen Campbell and the Western Wranglers in 1958.
Campbell performed on tracks for stars such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra and his smooth guitar licks can be heard on the Righteous Brothers hit You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling and on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.
Watch the trailer for Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me below; it's now streaming on Netflix.
Wichita Lineman reached number three in the United States pop chart and topped the U.S. country music chart for two weeks.
Campbell's first two hits earned him the Country Music Association's 1967 Entertainer of the Year award.
L.D. Gorman, who is a Hazard businessman was friends with Campbell for about 40 years, ever since he invited Campbell to sing during a free concert in Hazard in 1973.
He is being remembered for his talent as a singer, songwriter, TV host, and actor.
Campbell died at the age of 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
In his Glen Campbell tribute, Jimmy Webb wrote on his official Facebook page that his longtime friend and co-collaborator's passing was inevitable, given his recent and well-documented health issues. His output from these years skewed heavily toward Christmas albums, gospel records and best-of compilations.
James Keach, who directed a documentary that chronicled that long farewell four, recalled that Campbell's family had become his carers at that point, while his band backed him when he forgot the music, and fans filled in the words when he dropped some lyrics. "He was a secret weapon in the armory of Sixties record producers". The legendary musician released the final album of his career, Adios, in June.
His farewell tour and the accompanying film elicited an emotional outpouring.
"He wanted to tell the story of his Alzheimer's disease", Keach told America's ABC News. Campbell continued to make music, tour, and appear in movies and on television in the decades that followed. It was a farewell song to the people he loved, but with the message that he would be OK as the disease progressed.