Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer Glen Campbell laid to rest in Arkansas

'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer Glen Campbell laid to rest in Arkansas

When you think of Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker also comes to mind. It's been so hard these past several years knowing what he's been going through. My heart just breaks.

In a statement posted to his official website, Glen's cause of death is said to have been a result of his 2011 diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease, with which he fought a "long and courageous battle". Readers can press play above to watch the magic happen as the two perform Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" together.

Campbell, who also hosted music and comedy shows on TV, saw his career go up further in the 1970s with hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Southern Nights" (both US No.1 hits), and "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" but also picked up an alcohol and drug addiction and a string of divorces and affairs. "Forgiveness is a wonderful thing".

Campbell, who died Tuesday at 81, of Alzheimer's Disease, was a Beach Boy and toured with The Champs, who had the hit "Tequila". But after watching the documentary about Campbell's early days with the Wrecking Crew, I figured I had to see "I'll Be Me".

The film, which generated the Grammy-winning song I'm Not Gonna Miss You, showed the star still instinctively fluent on the guitar yet struggling to remember lyrics and setlists and, by the time of his final show in Napa, California, barely able to lead his band.

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"It was a love that will never be again", Tucker said.

"I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be", daughter Ashley Campbell wrote on Twitter. "When I was done, he kissed the phone".

For those of us who were youngsters in the late 1960s and 70s, Glen Campbell's songs were ubiquitous and crossed generations. According to ET, at one point while watching the trailer, Tucker pointed to Campbell's wife, Kim Woollen, and declared "that should be me". "I appreciate her taking care of him all these years, because I know he's a handful".

You will not be forgotten, Glen Campbell.

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