Since the August 8 death of country music legend Glen Campbell, tributes and memorials have filled the pages of Facebook and YouTube, along with Twitter and Instagram timelines, and all are equally precious and meaningful. But one tribute stands out a bit from the rest because the mix of voices includes both legends and some of the hottest new acts in country music, and the venue is one of the most sacred stages there is—the Grand Ole Opry.
The Opry shared a video clip of the impromptu Aug. 9 performance of “Amazing Grace” from a group of singers that included Jeannie Seely, the Oak Ridge Boys, Luke Combs, Michael Ray and Will Hoge. “Glen Campbell, this one’s for you, without the bagpipes, sir,” the post read.
The Opry is referring to Glen’s talent for playing the bagpipes. The first time he performed with them on television was in London during a BBC special in 1973. Being of Scottish descent, the bagpipes made an occasional appearance in his shows after that.
As condolences continue to pour in from around the world, the Campbell family laid Glen to rest Aug. 9 at a private ceremony in Delight, Arkansas, his hometown.