A few weeks after Glen Campbell died, his daughter Ashley Campbell and sisters Barbara and Sandra honored his memory at the Grand Ole Opry.
They chose to sing “Try A Little Kindness,” one of Glen’s favorite songs and one they said captured the essence of his kind spirit.
“My dad was always a shining light and he always told people ‘Just be kind,'” Ashley Campbell told the audience. “He was kind to everyone, and that’s the most common thing people say to me that tell me a story about him even strangers, they’ll just say how kind he was to everyone he met, no matter how important or unimportant they were just the best person and he just loved everybody.”
Talent definitely runs deep in the Campbell family. Their performance brought down the house.
Written by Curt Sapaugh and Bobby Austin, the song was released in 1969 when the nation was facing widespread civil unrest during the civil rights conflicts. Glen Campbell’s recording of “Try a Little Kindness” climbed to the top of a number of charts that same year. The song’s call for brotherly love still resonates with listeners today.