Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 10th 2017 Contents Glen Campbell was a rare entertainer who got
to say goodbye to his life and career in every way
he knew how.
Before his mind evaporated into Alzheimer's dis-
ease, Campbell was able to go out on one last big
tour, star in a documentary and record an album of
his favourite songs, fittingly called Adios. Three of
his children sing on the album, which was released
earlier this summer.
The country superstar died Tuesday morning in
Nashville, Campbell's family said. He was 81.
"I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will
be," daughter Ashley Campbell wrote on Twitter. "He
will be remembered so well and with so much love."
A guitarist since age four, Campbell's musical talent,
boyish looks and friendly charm brought him decades
of success. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45
million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits,
including No 1 songs with Rhinestone Cowboy and
His performance of the title song from the 1969 film
True Grit, in which he played a Texas Ranger along-
side Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy
Award nomination. Campbell was nominated again for
an Oscar in 2015 for I'm Not Gonna Miss You, a song
from the documentary Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me.
The 2014 film about Campbell's farewell tour in
2011 and 2012 offers a poignant look at his decline
from Alzheimer's while showcasing his virtuoso guitar
chops that somehow continued to shine as his mind
His wife, Kim, announced earlier this year that her
husband could no longer play guitar.
Campbell's musical career dated back to the early
years of rock 'n roll. He toured with the Champs of
Tequila fame. He was part of the house band for the
ABC TV show Shindig! and a member of Phil Spector's
Wrecking Crew studio band that played on hits by
the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers and the Crys-
tals. Campbell also played guitar on Frank Sinatra's
Strangers In the Night, The Monkees' I'm a Believer
and Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas.
"We'd get the rock 'n' roll guys and play all that,
then we'd get Sinatra and Dean Martin," Campbell
told The Associated Press in 2011. "That was a kick.
I really enjoyed that. I didn't want to go nowhere. I
was making more money than I ever made just doing
One of 12 children, Campbell left his native Arkan-
sas and a life of farm work as a teenager in pursuit of
music. He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join
his uncle's band and appear on his uncle's radio show.
By his early 20s, Campbell had formed his own group,
the Western Wranglers, and moved to Los Angeles. He
opened for The Doors and sang and played bass with
The Beach Boys as a replacement for Brian Wilson.
In 1966, Campbell played on The Beach Boys' classic
Pet Sounds album.
By the late '60s, he was a performer on his own,
and an appearance on Joey Bishop's show led to his
TV breakthrough. Tommy Smothers of the Smothers
Brothers saw the programme and asked Campbell if
he'd like to host a summertime series---The Summer
Brothers Smothers Show.
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In this 2011 photo, musician Glen Campbell poses for
a portrait in Malibu, California. Campbell had been
diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He died on
Tuesday. AP PHOTO
Campbell also enjoyed success on TV.
He had a weekly audience of some 50
million people for the Glen Campbell
Goodtime Hour on CBS.
He released more than 70 of his own
albums, and in the 1990s recorded a
series of gospel CDs. A 2011 album in-
cluded contributions from Jacob Dylan,
Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy
Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. Adi-
os features collaborations with Willie
Nelson and Vince Gill.
Campbell was married four times and
had eight children. As he would con-
fide in painful detail, he suffered for his
fame and made others suffer as well. He
drank heavily, used drugs and indulged
in a turbulent relationship with country
singer Tanya Tucker in the early 1980s.
In late 2003, he was arrested near his
home in Phoenix after causing a minor
traffic accident. Besides wife Kim and
daughter Ashley, Campbell is survived
by children Cal, Shannon, Debby, Kelli,
Travis, Kane and Dillon, and 10 grand-
Glen Campbell said goodbye to
his life, career through music
Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker in 1979.
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