Fox is airing a Special tonight at 10 pm EST with Glen Campbell, focusing on his long career and his life now with Alzheimers. Campbell was diagnosed about a year ago. In the video below, Campbell’s wife Kim says he is doing much better now that he is performing again. Campbell says he can’t tell he has anything and that it isn’t affecting him at all. Shep Smith and Maria Shriver (bet she’ll be at Fox soon) are hosting. The second video below is an interview with Campbell and his daughter Debbie.
Campbell’s latest and last album is Ghost on the Canvas. The first track is A Better Place. Beautiful, and the very personal There’s No Me Without You (once upon a lonely day, God came through, He blessed me with you). I’ve seen Campbell perform several times. One of the most memorable moments (and not my favorite Campbell song) was his entrance in a darkened theater, no instruments – no guitary, just the first line of Wichita Lineman and he walked down the aisle to the stage. I will never forget it. My favorites: By The Time I Get to Phoenix and Southern Nights.
Campbell played guitar for Frank Sinatra on “Strangers in the Night”; and on the Monkees hit “I’m a Believer”; and he played on a number of Beach Boys recordings, and even filled in for Brian Wilson for 6 months. His first major solo hit came in 1967 with “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Rhinestone Cowboy was his first No. 1 record. In 2011, Campbell released his final album, titled “Ghost on the Canvas.”
Campbell uses three teleprompters to help him read his lyrics. He also has his family with him for added comfort. Son Cal is on stage with him playing drums, his brother, Shannon is playing guitar, and younger sister, Ashley plays keyboards, banjo and violin. I just try to make him feel like he is surrounded by people that love him on stage,” Ashley told CNN.
The family said they felt they had to reveal that he had Alzheimer’s. Ashley said she felt “relieved when the family revealed that Campbell had Alzheimer’s, because people thought something like drugs or alcohol affecting him when he made mistakes.
The Alzheimer’s Association calls the decision by Campbell to keep performing unprecedented. Source New Jersey NewsRoom
God Bless Glen Campbell. He has fought many demons, and now this. God Bless his family.
If the first video below disappears or does not work, view it at Fox News.
Glen Campbell Fox News Special (video)