During his 81 years on this Earth, Glen Campbell made the journey from small town boy to beloved country legend. Born to John Wesley and Carrie Dell Campbell on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, Campbell was the seventh son out of 12 children. His father was a sharecropper, but instead of following in his footsteps, Campbell found himself drawn to music.
Campbell gives his Uncle Boo the credit for helping him learn guitar, and he left home to join his uncle’s band when he was 18. In the years that followed, Campbell worked as a session musician before he went on to develop his career as a solo country artist.
After over five decades as a country star, Campbell charted a total of 80 songs, including the mega hits “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” But in 2011, Campbell announced something that shook the country community to its core…he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Campbell went on one final “Goodbye Tour” before he retired in 2012. Since he revealed his diagnosis, many came to admire Campbell for his brave public fight against a disease that has had so much stigma in the past. But more than anything else, Campbell will always be remembered for his charm and multiple talents.