Late legendary country star Glen Campbell was honored at a star-studded memorial held in Nashville, Tennessee. Described as heartfelt, the memorial at the Country Music Hall of Fame paid tribute to Campbell, who died on Aug. 8 at age the age of 81 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The memorial featured music performed by stars including Jimmy Webb, Brad Paisley, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, Steve Wariner with Mac McAnally and Carl Jackson, Steven Curtis Chapman. The 300 person guest list at the memorial included director Stacy Keach, “Nashville” star Charles Esten, Rhinestone Cowboy writer Larry Weiss, songwriter Scotty Emerick, and well-known names in the Alzheimer’s community, according to Parade on Aug. 24. The memorial was hosted by actress Jane Seymour, a close family friend.
Webb played a piano/vocal version of Campbell’s hit “Wichita Lineman,” giving it a classical lilt. Paisley performed a cover of “Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in LA” and a medley of Campbell’s hits, including “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
The Beach Boys’ Mike Love and Bruce Johnston led a current version of their hit “I Get Around,” a song that Campbell played as a studio musician. Campbell got his start in music as a studio musician, playing with icons such as Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra.
Wariner was joined by guitarist Mac McAnally and banjo player Carl Jackson to play “Arkansas Farmboy,” a biographical song featured on Campbell’s final album Adios. The song lyrics details his rural roots and upbringing. Wariner sang Campbell’s first hit “Gentle On My Mind,” accompanied by Jackson, who was Campbell’s banjo player for 12 years.
Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman, who emulated Campbell’s style during parts of his youth, performed “I Will Be Here,” representing Campbell’s spiritual nature.
Songwriter/producer Julian Raymond sang a haunting version of the Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” The song was written with Campbells for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which captured the late singer’s final tour. The film’s director, Stacy Keach, noted that many fans’ lives were changed by Campbell’s bravery.
The two-hour memorial included remembrances and tributes from many of Campbell’s close friends and associates. The eulogy was delivered by Campbell’s widow, Kim, who spoke of the singer’s slow fade into Alzheimer’s disease. Kim Campbell will continue to preserve her husband’s legacy with the organization CareLiving.org.