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Glen Campbell has Alzheimer's, plans for final album and farewell tour
LA Times ^ | 6-21-11 | Randy Lewis

Posted on 06/22/2011 3:29:40 PM PDT by FlJoePa

Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the 75-year-old country singer, songwriter and guitarist and his wife, Kim, have told People magazine, a condition that has prompted him to describe a new album coming in August as his final recording.

"Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer," Kim said in the interview. "But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused onstage, I wouldn’t want people to think, 'What's the matter with him? Is he drunk?' "

Campbell is planning a series of concerts this fall in support of the album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” due Aug. 30. He is working again with producer Julian Raymond, who helped rejuvenate Campbell’s career in 2008 on “Meet Glen Campbell,” a collection of surprising song choices including Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus,” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Walls” and the Replacements' “Sadly Beautiful.”

Shortly after that album was released, Campbell told The Times: "I'd like to see it go up the charts, go platinum and win the Grammy," he said. "Then I'd retire."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; glencampbell; music
This is so sad. Anyone who hasn't yet heard his last CD needs to go find it. It is amazing. It SHOULD have won a Grammy.
1 posted on 06/22/2011 3:29:44 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: FlJoePa
As La Boeuf:


2 posted on 06/22/2011 3:34:52 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: FlJoePa

Ah, I had just put his song Gentle on My Mind on my FR page a few days ago. Wow, 75! We don’t get long on this Earth, do we? Hope he can stay as well as he can for a while.


3 posted on 06/22/2011 3:34:52 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: FlJoePa

He played here in Indy at the new Carmel Palladium a few weeks ago and it was bad, I mean Amy Winehouse bad.

So this is very plausible.

Now charging 80 bucks a ticket for this is a bit indefensible.


4 posted on 06/22/2011 3:36:43 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: FlJoePa
I am glad he is going to die with his boots on. Might as well keep rockin' till you just can't do it anymore. Hope the new tour is successful.


5 posted on 06/22/2011 3:39:41 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: nascarnation

Yeah, ticket prices for anything are sick. Cost me over $50 a ticket the last time I saw Iron Maiden. It’s criminal.


6 posted on 06/22/2011 3:39:59 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
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To: FlJoePa

He was an awesome musician in his prime. And I never use that word.


7 posted on 06/22/2011 3:42:31 PM PDT by Argus
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To: FlJoePa

Sad... a lot of great childhood memories listening to him.


8 posted on 06/22/2011 3:43:41 PM PDT by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: FlJoePa

Godspeed Glen.
I loved ‘Galveston’ and ‘Witcha Lineman’.


9 posted on 06/22/2011 3:45:55 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: All

Wichita


10 posted on 06/22/2011 3:47:35 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: nascarnation

I read about that concert. As you stated, this would seem to be both an explanation for the performance, as well as a reason for the revelation being made public.


11 posted on 06/22/2011 3:51:12 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

“But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused onstage, I wouldn’t want people to think, ‘What’s the matter with him? Is he drunk?’”

It’s too bad, I always liked his work... However, I’ve had 40 years experience with Parkinson’s, and Parkinson’s doesn’t manifest it’s self with a confused mind. That’s simply not symptomatic of Parkinson’s. That’s not to say he doesn’t have Parkinson’s, it’s just that he has something else too.


12 posted on 06/22/2011 3:51:12 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: FlJoePa

Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phoenix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUg5p3BncuQ


13 posted on 06/22/2011 3:52:08 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: FlJoePa

Best wishes to Mr. Campbell for comfort in his last years. He’s been a very fine performer.


14 posted on 06/22/2011 3:52:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA!)
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To: FlJoePa

That’s too bad.


15 posted on 06/22/2011 3:52:39 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: babygene

Woops, my bad... I read it as Parkinson’s where it was Alzheimer’s. Boy am I embarrassed.


16 posted on 06/22/2011 3:53:10 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: babygene

Alzheimer’s


17 posted on 06/22/2011 3:53:16 PM PDT by saleman (!!!!)
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To: FlJoePa

Campbell comes from a huge and humble family in Arkansas. Good folks. He’s one of 12, as I recall, and grew up in poverty. His sister is a friend of mine and a sweet Christian lady, as was his mother, Carrie.


18 posted on 06/22/2011 3:53:23 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: saleman

“Alzheimer’s”

Yea, I know... See 16


19 posted on 06/22/2011 3:55:23 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: FlJoePa

One of top studio guitarists in LA during the 1960s. That’s him, not Carl Wilson that you hear on Beach Boys records.


20 posted on 06/22/2011 3:55:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: FlJoePa

These Days:

http://youtu.be/fBexPuk-qK8


21 posted on 06/22/2011 3:57:21 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: Revolting cat!

He was the most in demand studio musician in the world at that time. He would also often “double dip” and lay down vocal tracks as well, and walk away with TWO checks. They called them the wrecking crew for a reason. They were that good.


22 posted on 06/22/2011 3:59:08 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: patriot08

Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qoymGCDYzU&feature=related


23 posted on 06/22/2011 4:02:23 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: arderkrag
Great guitar player. One of the best. The Duke liked him and he once told Frank Sinatra off when Sinatra said,about a young Glen,”who is that faggot” during a recording session. God love him.
24 posted on 06/22/2011 4:04:25 PM PDT by 4yearlurker
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Posted this on an earlier thread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDPuK_tqG-Y


25 posted on 06/22/2011 4:09:38 PM PDT by GQuagmire ('Don't Piss The Lady Off')
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I miss Glen's version of the Big O's "Dream Baby". My mom and I would watch The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour every week on CBS. God bless Glen.

ff

26 posted on 06/22/2011 4:11:02 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: FlJoePa

Prayers for Mr. Campbell.


27 posted on 06/22/2011 4:12:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: FlJoePa

Just put on my CD of “Wichita Lineman”.

It was one of the few albums my folks had when I was a kid.

I missed it a few years ago and got the CD.

Still sounds great, good music always stands the test of time.


28 posted on 06/22/2011 4:12:23 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (PALIN 45 The cure for "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." I Heart Herman Cain..)
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To: GQuagmire

Beautiful. I wish he’d record a stripped album like it. The upcoming last album is produced by the same fellow who overproduced the last one.


30 posted on 06/22/2011 4:17:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: GQuagmire

Sounds great...


31 posted on 06/22/2011 4:20:42 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: 4yearlurker

Did you know he also played bagpipes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR2e9FY6aCk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU5Kb3MnCqs


32 posted on 06/22/2011 4:21:39 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

One of my best memories of Glen Campbell, other than his wonderful music, was his appearance on Johnny Carson one night in the 60’s or 70’s.

Cambell sat next to Don Rickles on the couch and it was flat out hilarious. Maybe it’s on YouTube.


33 posted on 06/22/2011 4:35:17 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: babygene

2 seconds late. Sorry


34 posted on 06/22/2011 4:42:28 PM PDT by saleman (!!!!)
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To: saleman

bookmark


35 posted on 06/23/2011 9:13:55 AM PDT by mcshot ("...of the people, by the people, for the people..." but we aren't "his people".)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thx for the link! I love that song, though I always cry when I hear it. Here're a couple of other great performances....

Glen Campbell plays Classical Gas

Glen Campbell- "William Tell Overture"

36 posted on 06/23/2011 9:27:53 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: FlJoePa
Anyone who hasn't yet heard his last CD needs to go find it.

Yup. Good CD.

37 posted on 06/23/2011 9:29:24 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: patriot08

Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin’
I still see her dark eyes glowin’
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin’ out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she’s crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston


38 posted on 06/23/2011 9:33:17 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: patriot08

Wichita Lineman

I am a lineman for the county.
And I drive the mainroad.
Searching in the sun for another overload.
I hear you singing in the wire.
I can hear you thru the whine.
And the Wichita Lineman,
is still on the line.

I know I need a small vacation.
But it don’t look like rain.
And if it snows that stretch down south,
won’t ever stand the strain.
And I need you more than want you.
And I want you for all time.
And the Wichita Lineman,
is still on the line.

And I need you more than want you.
And I want you for all time.
And the Wichita Lineman,
is still on the line


39 posted on 06/23/2011 9:34:27 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Revolting cat!
I thought that Meet Glen Campbell bordered on overproduction at times. It was obvious they were trying to recreate that 70s Rhinestone Cowboy sound.

Still, I kinda like that Billy Sherrill/countrypolitan sound.

40 posted on 06/23/2011 9:34:59 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: FlJoePa

Very sad.

Great singer, great musician.


41 posted on 06/23/2011 9:53:20 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: mewzilla

Thank you!


42 posted on 06/23/2011 9:53:36 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: ArrogantBustard

Thanks for the lyrics to ‘Witchita Lineman’ I always loved that song- also ‘Galveston’.

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin’
I still see her dark eyes glowin’
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin’ out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she’s crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

I love also ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUg5p3BncuQ


43 posted on 06/23/2011 10:32:24 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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