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Music City honors life, legacy of Glen Campbell

Music City honors life, legacy of Glen Campbell

He captured the tour in a film titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, and the clip above shows the iconic entertainer in the very last live performance of his lifetime, performing "Gentle on My Mind" at Uptown Theatre in Napa, Calif., on November 30, 2012. Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' and Foo Fighters" "Times Like These" are turned into supremely jaunty country anthems, with Campbell's warm, buttery voice liberally slathered all over the sweetly twanging Americana backing band. I'm at a loss.

Campbell posted a photo of her hand interlocked with her father's, writing, "I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be".

But it was a not easy path for Glen Travis Campbell, born into a family of small tenant farmers in rural Arkansas on 22 April 22 1936. May peace be with you all. "He will be remembered so well and with so much love".

"I still love making music", Campbell said in 2011. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim and all of his extended family today. Country star Dolly Parton issued a video statement via Twitter, saying "Well, Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted".

"Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. It's like one, two, three - you put all those elements together, and it's great". A lot of people don't realise that. "So he was just extremely talented". Between 1964 and 1965, Campbell toured with the Beach Boys as a temporary replacement for Brian Wilson, who had briefly retired after suffering from panic attacks.

"Glen Campbell, along with Johnny Cash, brought country music into the homes across America during the late 60s that will never be matched. You were a shining light in so many ways".

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Glen Campbell scored one his biggest hits with an unlikely cover of Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights".

"My Momma introduced me to the incredible talents of Glen Campbell".

Arizona Senator John McCain also lamented Campbell's passing. "Sad to learn of death of a great Arkansan and American".

Before Campbell became a star in his own right, he had sung and played guitar on the records of countless other groups and soloists the 1960s and '70s: The Beach Boys, Sagittarius, Ricky Nelson, Baby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, etc. "He was pure talent, heart, and courage".

Glen Campbell is gone now. Leave 'em laughin.' Leave them feeling just a little tad better about themselves; even though he might have to make them cry a couple of times to get 'em there.

Campbell relapsed in 2003 and served 10 days in jail for drunken driving in Arizona - a case that produced an embarrassing mugshot of a scowling, disheveled Campbell that went viral on the Internet. He loved the camaraderie and the family atmosphere in the studio.