Glen Campbell Remembered At Musicians Hall Of Fame

Glen Campbell Remembered At Musicians Hall Of Fame

GLEN Campbell was not an historic figure who changed the world.

Campbell was married four times and had eight children. And he was one of the greatest musicians. He was one of the best session guitarists in the business.

Lenny Kravitz: "Besides being an unbelievable solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician - as part of the Wrecking Crew - playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra".

The Wrecking Crew faced one of their biggest challenges when they helped The Beach Boys bring the legendary psychedelic masterpiece Pet Sounds to life.

It was certainly appropriate for Glen Campbell to continue to share his music with the world despite Alzheimer's.

"You could go bear hunting with a switch", Campbell quipped.

The band wanted him to be a regular member but Campbell had bigger goals.

John Wayne cast him in a co-starring role in 1969's True Grit. In 2011, shortly after Campbell revealed he was suffering from Alzheimer's, Woollen told the Daily Telegraph she believed his actions that night were really the beginning of his illness. At the time, the infatuation with cocaine and amphetamines was accompanied by the silly notion that those drugs were not addictive.

If his words, his songs and his story are a comfort to even one of the families who are battling this dread disease, he will have made a difference that will last long after his music is just a memory. He had a tempestuous relationship with young country singer Tanya Tucker. He allowed cameras into his life at that point to document the struggle with Alzheimer's in a documentary, "I'll Be Me", released in 2014. It educated millions about the disease. He was unable to answer some of host Ellen DeGeneres' questions, but when he got up to play a song on his guitar, he was still the flawless and talented Glen Campbell everyone remembered. She said at that time that Campbell was in his final stages of the disease. So I got that, at least.

Those included with the film said he stayed glad and playful all through the generation, continually advising jokes to get a snicker.

Campbell died in Nashville at an Alzheimer's facility surrounded by his family, his publicist Sanford Brokaw said. His performance of the title song from the 1969 film "True Grit", in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar victor John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. It's nearly like a journey through life, pondering what was, and what might have been.

"I am writing because I think you deserve some sort of message from me but I am too upset to write very well or at any great length", wrote Webb, who published his memoir, "The Cake and The Rain" in April.

Campbell would always refer to providing back-up for Frank Sinatra in the midst of his heyday as one of his greatest career highlights.