Music City honors life, legacy of Glen Campbell

Posted August 10, 2017

That is the voice of singer and guitarist Glen Campbell, who passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

Love continued to sing praises of Campbell's enormous skill and the good times they shared over the few months on tour before Campbell went on to pursue his own career.

Glen Campbell was one of Keith Urban's musical idols, so the superstar was thrilled when he got the chance to actually jam with the legendary guitarist and singer in 2009.

Webb wrote that Campbell "lavished affection and gifts" on friends and family, but that his greatest gift was his music. The "Gentle on My Mind" singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011 after suffering from memory loss for years, and filmed a 2014 documentary, Glen Campbell...

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As news spread of his death, Arizona Senator John McCain also paid tribute to the singer. He had originally recorded with the group the year before, but when band leader Brian Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown in December 1964, Campbell was hired to take his place on tour, playing bass and singing harmonies. His guitar work can be heard on songs that have defined American music including Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In the Night", Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas", the Monkees "I'm A Believer" and the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B". "Got me some old sewing needles", said Edge who gave Campbell a tattoo just like his at a young age.

His last record was "Adios", released in June, featured songs that Campbell loved to sing but never recorded, including tunes made famous by Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash.

Campbell's best-selling single, Rhinestone Cowboy, was released in 1975 and has sold more than five million copies.

Campbell experienced a resurgence in popularity in the late seventies and early eighties, which included the insanely catchy "Rhinestone Cowboy". He was 81-years-old.

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You", which was recorded with members of Phil Spector's famous Wrecking Crew band, was based on a comment that Campbell mentioned to his co-writer and producer Julian Raymond when people would bring up his disease.