Country legend Glen Campbell suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for many years before finally succumbing to the cruel condition at the age of 81 in August 2017. Throughout his life, the “Rhinestone Cowboy” star had naturally earned the utmost respect from his family and millions of music fans around the globe. But it was his daughter Ashley who touched everyone’s hearts with the tribute she paid to her late father.
Glen Travis Campbell was born into the small community of Billstown, Arkansas, in 1936. He grew up in relative poverty as the seventh of 12 children on their sharecropper father John’s farm. Campbell first picked up the guitar aged four, and his Uncle Boo taught him the rudiments. Just two years later, then, a precocious Campbell was showcasing his talent for the instrument on local radio.
Campbell left school at 14 and took various unskilled jobs before relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1954. Here, he played in another uncle’s group, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. That same year, he also married his first wife, Diane Kirk, after meeting her on a local children’s TV program. By 1958, he had daughter Debby and had founded his own outfit, the Western Wranglers.