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Watch Glen Campbell’s Poignant ‘Adios’ Video

Heartbreaking clip features several of the musician’s family members sending one of his legendary guitars on a final cross-country journey

Although his charismatic personality made him a household name through his weekly CBS variety series in the late Sixties, it was Glen Campbell’s extraordinary guitar playing that preceded him in stardom. Heard on countless West Coast recording sessions, years before his distinctively pristine voice would take the spotlight, Campbell‘s guitar once again takes center stage in the bittersweet music video for “Adiós,” the Jimmy Webb-penned title track of Campbell‘s farewell LP.

Helmed by award-winning director Peter Zavadil, the clip combines archival photos and video footage and includes appearances from several members of Campbell‘s family telling the poignant story of the guitar’s final journey from Nashville to California.

Culminating in a Viking funeral on the California coast, the instrument is seen in the hands of several people throughout the clip, including Campbell‘s musician daughter, Ashley, as the first to carry it in the video and grandson Jeremy Olson as the one who sends the guitar to its final resting place.

“My father’s music has touched so many people’s lives so I hope that this video will resonate with a lot of people,” Ashley Campbell says in a statement. “Music moves through us all in different ways, lighting a fire in each of us. That fire will always be burning as music keeps moving and as each of us continues to pass the torch.”

Produced by Campbell’s longtime friend and former banjo player Carl Jackson, Adiós has been, in songwriter Jimmy Webb’s estimation, “a gift from the gods,” with Webb telling Rolling Stone Country, “Carl is like some kind of magical person now, in my view, because he put the album together that Glen wanted to sing. And I just feel blessed that I get to hear these songs. It’s like early Christmas.”

The 81-year-old entertainer, and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, receiving care in Nashville, where he is surrounded by his family. 

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