Just days after her family shared that her father, Glen Campbell, had been laid to rest in his hometown, Ashley Campbell wrote a heartfelt letter to his fans across the world and shared her song, “Remembering,” that she wrote for her dad.
Ashley’s letter read:
Many of you now my father, Glen Campbell as the guitar player, singer, and international icon that he was. Some of you may know him as the wonderful man and friend that he was to so many people. I had the privilege of knowing Glen Campbell as my father. I also had the honor and privilege of caring for my dad through his entire journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Music was the thing that could bring back to us when the fog would pull him just a little further away. When I wrote “Remembering” I knew there would come a time when he wouldn’t know who I am and I was looking for a way to be able to reach him, even when he seemed lost. I wrote this song to bring him comfort and to let him know that I would always there for him. Now, after he has passed, when I sing this song, I feel like he is reaching back for me as I reached for him. I can feel him with me in the music and he is comforting me now. Thank you for remembering my father with me.
Glen Campbell passed away on August 8 after a long battle Alzheimer’s. Campbell’s career spanned six decades, during which he sold more than 45 million albums. He was born in 1936 in Billstown, Ark., the seventh of 12 children. By 1962 he had already become one of the most sought after studio guitar players in Los Angeles, appearing on the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,” Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”