Dolly Parton recorded a tribute to Glen Campbell after the news of his death

NASHVILLE — Glen Campbell sang some of country music’s most gorgeous songs, blending evocative imagery with a smooth, peerless tenor. Campbell died Tuesday at 81.

Here are five songs that contributed to his legendary status and four things to know about his career.

“Gentle On My Mind”

Campbell’s effortless interpretation of John Hartford’s poetic lyrics made this love song an instant classic. Campbell won a 1968 Grammy for his performance.


One of Campbell’s timeless collaborations with songwriter Jimmy Webb, “Galveston” builds to a dramatic crescendo that set the the bar for today’s epic country power ballads from vocal powerhouses like Carrie Underwood.

“Wichita Lineman”

Webb also wrote this hypnotic ballad that that made full use of Campbell’s interpretive skills and silky voice. Heartache never sounded so good.

“Rhinestone Cowboy”

Nashville is filled with singers struggling to make it in a bruising industry — and with songs celebrating those dreamers. This is the gold standard.

By the time Campbell hits the soaring chorus, where he dreams of the fame that awaits the chosen few, you’ll be headed to Lower Broadway with a guitar and a tip jar.

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Campbell was a master of heartbreak, but this song — recorded at the end of his career — might have been the saddest he ever recorded. He co-wrote it with Julian Raymond after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the grim lyrics trace the trajectory of the disease: “I’m still here but yet I’m gone. / I don’t play guitar or sing my songs.”

The song was included in the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Campbell and Raymond were nominated for an Academy Award for best original song written for a film.

Beyond his catalog, here are four things to know about the late singer.

He was the youngest of 7 children

Campbell was born in Delight, Ark., on April 22, 1936, the youngest of seven sons in a farming family. Each of his family members played guitar, and by 6 years old, Campbell was considered a…