Glen Campbell Laid To Rest In Arkansas

Glen Campbell Laid To Rest In Arkansas

The singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 81.

He announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Campbell's death comes nearly two months after the release of his album, Adios, featuring songs from his Goodbye Tour, which followed his diagnosis in 2011.

"Mayer played an acoustic version of Campbell's 'Gentle On My Mind", introducing the hit as his 'favorite song in the world". Some of the songs that made Campbell famous constituted part of the soundtrack of Americans' lives during his performance years, and long afterward.

I've never been what you'd call a Glen Campbell super fan, but he has been a cultural touchstone for me, especially from my younger days.

His career got another boost when he did a supporting role in iconic John Wayne-starrer "True Grit" (1969) in which he also sang the title song.

But it was a not easy path for Glen Travis Campbell, born into a family of small tenant farmers in rural Arkansas on April 22, 1936. If producers were looking for great musical hooks, and near flawless playing, they'd hire the Wrecking Crew. There were some ups and downs and, of course, all the downs were played out in the press. By his early 20s, Campbell had formed his own group, the Western Wranglers, and moved to Los Angeles. That memory association is a little more painful than the one for "Wichita Lineman", but I can't blame Campbell for that.

The movie was a painfully honest and poignant look at Campbell's life as he started to show more and more signs of decline, even as he undertook a farewell concert tour.

By the late '60s, he was a performer on his own, and an appearance on Joey Bishop's show led to his TV breakthrough. "Adios" features collaborations with Willie Nelson and Vince Gill.

In addition to Ashley, he is survived by his wife Kim Campbell and their sons Cal and Shannon.

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