He grew up in Delight, Arkansas, and was the son of a sharecropper.
"I'm just an old jazzer", Campbell told me with a laugh. I don't understand why, but that day it was as if Jesus reached down and pulled my hand back from the cocaine.
Urban recalled the night he won his first Country Music Award.
He leaves behind a musical legacy.
In total, Glen Campbell has released 70 albums during his 60-year career and sold 45 million albums in the world. "Those songs had melody, chord progression and lyrics - wow!" If it was a just and righteous world, Glen would be credited as one of the great, seminal influences of all time. In fact, he wrote some of Campbell's biggest hits including "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston". He was one of the best session guitarists in the business. 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.
That Campbell was too gifted and charismatic to be relegated to a sideman is evident in this Beach Boys medley.
His battles to keep performing and recording after the determination was the subject of a honor winning 2014 narrative called "Glen Campbell..."
Campbell agreed to have him come to his house in the Hollywood Hills to perform the song on his piano. He also co-starred with John Wayne in 1969's True Grit.
"He and I became great friends". Part of the reason was to see some old architecture with which I was starting to become enamored, but it was also a chance to hear some lovely old music by Mr. Campbell. "We had a lot of fun together, through all the trials and tribulations, but he was still a great person".
To help thicken out Bob Dylan's take on "Mr. Tambourine Man", Campbell was brought in to get the guitar sound perfected to compliment Dylan's off-tone vocals.
Campbell drank heavily, used drugs and indulged in a turbulent relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker in the early 1980s. There were other embarrassing incidents over the years.
Campbell's stardom led to excess and personal troubles. The result became one of pop's most enduring songs.
"Fans give love and love gets shared".
"Wait a minute", Campbell said from the stage, "What's going on here?"
"[It] just highlights the importance of continued research on not only ways of treating Alzheimer's disease, but I certainly hope within my lifetime we can actually cure it", Dr. Ernestine Wright, Mercy geriatrics specialist, said.
There's something mystical about that song. "I will always love you, Glen!"
JIMMY WEBB: "Wichita Lineman", to me, is a quintessential Glen Campbell record.