Glen Campbell passed away last week at the age of 81, six years after his diagnosis with Alzheimers disease.
Born the seventh son in a sharecropping family of twelve kids, his obsession with jazz guitarist Django Reinhard had him drop out of school to play gigs with his musician uncle.
By 1962, he earned a spot with the Wrecking Crew, a group of session musicians in Los Angeles who played on hits for the Byrds, Mamas and Papas, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, and many others.
“Adios” is a song written by Jimmy Webb originally for Linda Ronstadt and is also the name of Campbell’s final studio album. It released two months prior to his death.
According to Campbell’s producer of the album, he had to stand with him in the booth to record the vocals “line by line” as Campbell could not remember the lyrics, yet he “didn’t lose his melodies, and that beautiful perfect pitch and tone.”
Adios, sweet man, you will be missed.