There are more developments in the upcoming court case pitting three of Glen Campbell’s children against his other five offspring. As we’ve reported, Campbell’s children, William Travis, Kelli and Wesley Kane, were specifically excluded from inheriting any part of their father’s estimated $50 million estate in a will drafted in 2006.
According to “The Tennessean,” the excluded family members are now seeking to overturn that will by calling Glen’s competency into question. The singer went public with his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in 2011, and his longtime publicist, Sanford Brokaw, has now been issued a subpoena to appear in a Nashville court on Feb. 20. He’s also been called on to provide all communications with or about Glen and/or his family since 2002.
Court records indicate Glen had another version of his will drafted in 2002, so the excluded children filing the suit are seeking to establish whether or not Glen’s mental capacity was diminished when he had the 2006 version drafted.
Glen Campbell’s widow, Kimberly Campbell, filed the disputed will, and she is a beneficiary of it along with Glen’s children Debby Campbell-Cloyd, and Dillon, Nicklaus, Shannon and Ashley Campbell.
This isn’t the first time the Campbell family’s divisions have been aired publicly. In 2016, Glen’s eldest daughter, Debby, and his son, William Travis, were instrumental in getting a law passed in Tennessee restricting conservators from blocking interactions with loved ones.
According to “Rolling Stone,” the Campbell children’s involvement in that legislation stemmed from allegations that Kim Campbell tried to stop them from visiting their father as he battled Alzheimer’s disease.
Glen Campbell passed away on Aug. 8, 2017, but his musical legacy lives on. He’s nominated posthumously for the Best American Roots Performance Grammy Award for his song, “Arkansas Farmboy.”
The song was written in the late 1970s by Glen’s longtime banjo player Carl Jackson. Carl tells NPR Music that he was inspired to write the song after hearing Glen tell a story from his Arkansas childhood.
Says Carl, “I wrote ‘Arkansas Farmboy’ on an overseas flight sometime in the mid- to late ’70s after Glen told me about how his grandaddy taught him ‘In The Pines’ on a $5 Sears and Roebuck guitar. It sends chills all over me now to hear him sing in first person the words I penned about him all those years ago.”
“Arkansas Farmboy” was included on Glen’s final album, “Adios,” which was released last June just a few months before he passed away.
Carl was a producer on the project, and he writes, “Doing the album was very emotional, but probably not in the way many folks might think. The smiles and laughter were abundant and the few tears shed were ones of complete joy. I can’t deny a strong sense of pride also, knowing these were very likely the last recorded vocals of the man I consider the greatest singer ever … my hero and my dear friend.”
The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be handed out at 7:30 p.m. ET this Sunday night, Jan. 28, on CBS.