Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22, 1936, in a small USA town in the southern state of Arkansas, the seventh of 12 children of a struggling sharecropper.
Naming horses can be a hard process, but Campbell's famous words helped owners, particularly Coolmore's John Magnier, find fitting names for some of their stars. 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.
Haunting video of Glen Campbell playing guitar during his final days at an Alzheimer's facility has resurfaced. With the studio session group often called "The Wrecking Crew", Campbell performed guitar on a bevy of legendary recordings, including the Monkees' "I'm a Believer", Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.
He would become a longtime resident of the Los Angeles area. He recorded songs for everyone from the Byrds to Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra, but with the Beach Boys, Campbell almost had a full-time gig. They also shared a bond via the Jimmy Webb song "Highwayman", which Campbell recorded as the title track to an album he released in 1979.
Ashley Campbell, one of his daughters who played in her father's band and was one of his caregivers, said in an interview with The Associated Press in May that her father's honesty with the illness helped so many families.
Wichita Lineman reached number three in the USA pop chart and topped the United States country music chart for two weeks.
Last year, Campbell's wife founded Care Living, a website dedicated to educating people about Alzheimer's disease and offering support to caregivers. He hosted a TV variety show in the early 1970s and played a Texas ranger opposite John Wayne in the 1969 film "True Grit".
Apparently, he was able to release more than 70 albums in the entire run of his career for 50 years.
Campbell died in Nashville Tuesday morning at the age of 81.
The devastating impact of the ailment was revealed, among other details, in the 2014 documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. His output from these years skewed heavily toward Christmas albums, gospel records and best-of compilations.
Reba, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are just some of the stars who'll pay tribute to their hero and friend on CMT Remembers Glen Campbell. Three of his songs have been inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame: "Wichita Lineman" (in 2000), "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (2004) and "Gentle on My Mind" (2008).
Webb also pointed that he had great respect for Campbell for deciding to tour late in his life, despite struggling with the effects of Alzheimer's. Campbell told the world he had Alzheimer's Disease in 2011. It was a farewell song to the people he loved, but with the message that he would be OK as the disease progressed. Campbell would forget the words to songs, his documentarian later said, but not the music.