The influential music career and turbulent private life of pop-country entertainer Glen Campbell has been chronicled in the documentary film I’ll Be Me, which will be released October 24th in New York and Nashville. Following the performer during his Goodbye Tour, the film also features footage of Campbell’s doctor visits after being diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.
Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Vince Gill are among the country artists who comment on the Arkansas-born musician, along with Steve Martin, Bruce Springsteen, U2’s the Edge, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Webb, Jay Leno and Bill Clinton.
The now 78-year-old Campbell was born the seventh son of 12 children whose father was a sharecropper. He rose to prominence in the Sixties as a guitarist in the group of L.A. session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, playing on well-known hits by the Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and dozens more. In 1967, his breakout hit John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” was released. It was followed by “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and many others, making Campbell such a high-profile act that he went on to host his own variety series for four seasons on CBS.
“I worked my butt off,” Campbell told Rolling Stone in 2011. “And I had to hustle, because there were a lot of people out there that could play.”
Campbell’s personal life has included four marriages and a tabloid-grabbing relationship with young country singer Tanya Tucker in the early Eighties. His most recent album, See You There, featuring updated recording of his hits, including the late Seventies smashes “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights,” was released in 2013.
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me was directed by James Keach.