Country music superstar Glen Campbell, who battled Alzheimer’s disease in the final years of his life, died Tuesday.
The singer surprised the crowd with a cover of Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind”, a handsome tribute to a man who passed away earlier that evening after a battle with Alzheimer’s.
Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow also paid tribute to the six-time Grammy victor. “He was so musical and charismatic, and he put it all on display with the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, one of my family’s favorite shows!” No cause of death was given, but the singer announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Campbell couldn’t read music, but Rumble says he could play anything.
“He could sit and play with any guitar player in the world, from George Benson to Eric Clapton”. I have not been blessed with a good singing voice, as my friends will attest. Born in 1936 into a humble family in Delight, Arkansas, Campbell got his start in the music world at an early age and, as a guitarist, always admired Django Reinhardt. His 2014 documentary, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”, and the song that followed, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, highlighted his concern, for his wife and children. The set opened with a song Mr. Campbell wrote, “Less of Me”, that caught his generous spirit.
But the voice was still strong and piercing, unmistakeable in fact, and turned an evening that could have been a sentimental, melancholic journey into the joyful expression of a singular talent that we knew we wouldn’t see the like of again.
Campbell left home at the age of 14, performing on radio and television in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before landing in Los Angeles in 1960.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys tweeted that Campbell was “an incredible musician and an even better person”. As with many sufferers of Alzheimer’s, his knowledge and facility with music lasted longer than his memories of people, places, or things.
Campbell had his first major hit in 1967, with “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” . Hartford also won Grammys for Best Folk Performance and Best Country & Western Song.
“Before I met her, I didn’t know where I was at, or where I was going”. The country legend August 8th, at 81 years old. His all-American cowboy looks saw him appear in several films, including True Grit alongside John Wayne. “Ride easy, Rhinestone Cowboy”.
In 2003, the singer was arrested for drunk driving.
Tulsa-based music industry veteran Jim Halsey provided this statement after Campbell’s death: “Thank you, Glen Campbell for your treasures and your art that you shared with the multitudes”.