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Glen Campbell Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease

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It broke my heart to hear Glen Campbell has Alzheimer’s Disease.  In an exclusive interview with People Magazine, he and his wife revealed the legendary singer was diagnosed six months ago.  He plans a farewell tour and one last album before calling it a career.

He came under heavy criticism following a recent concert in Indiana where he flubbed the words, sang off-key and didn’t seem to be interested.  Some thought he was drunk.

His wife Kim is hoping that by going public his fans will understand if he forgets a lyric or stumbles.  She says, “Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer.”

During a more than 50-year career, the 75-year old Campbell has released 70 albums and sold 45-million records.  He’s also won countless awards.  For example:

  • Four Grammy awards in both pop and country categories
  • CMA & ACM awards as male vocalist of the year.
  • 1968 CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Nominated for an Academy Award for the theme song from the movie “True Grit”
  • He co-starred with John Wayne in “True Grit” and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer

He was as big a star in country music as he was in pop back in the ’60’s and he may have been one of the reasons I was always familiar with country music when I was growing up.  “Gentle On My Mind”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Southern Nights”, “Rhinestone Cowboy” – I bought every one of those records on 45’s and they all bring back wonderful memories.  Could I pick one of those songs as my favorite?  Nearly impossible, but for me if there’s one song that represents what Glen Campbell is all about it’s this one:

SOURCE: People Magazine

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