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Alzheimer’s Ends Glen Campbell’s Touring, but New Album Is Coming
Posted on 04/22/2013 by Associated Press | General News
By Chris Talbot, Associate Press Music Writer
Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring.
Glen Campbell in 2008
Instead, he’ll spend his 77th birthday on Monday in Washington as an advocate for Alzheimer’s research. The trip includes a fundraising dinner for the Alzheimer’s Association and a visit to Capitol Hill, where he’ll visit the Senate.
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Alzheimer’s has robbed Campbell of many of his best memories, gained over a lifetime as an entertainment icon who was a pop star, a groundbreaking session musician, an actor and TV variety show host. But it hasn’t taken everything.
Campbell will release a new album, “See You There,” on July 30. It’s a reimagining of some of his most popular songs, recorded by Julian Raymond during the same sessions that produced Campbell’s last studio album of all new material, 2011′s “Ghost on the Canvas.”
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The album offers new versions of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman,” ”By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” ”Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Hey Little One.”
In a brief interview, Campbell said of the songs: “Oh, they’re great. Those are great.”
His wife, Kim Campbell, says her husband still occasionally lays down vocal tracks in the studio but the disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring, something the family and Campbell’s management left open when he wrapped up his successful goodbye world tour last year.
“Glen still wants to record, but it’s just a matter of if he’s able to,” Kim Campbell said. “It just gets more and more difficult for him all the time.”
He remains healthy and vigorous and continues to play golf. His family invites musicians over to the house from time to time — songwriter Jimmy Webb, who wrote some of Campbell’s most iconic hits, visited with his family over the weekend — and Campbell joins in on jam sessions, playing the guitar as if the progressive, irreversible neurological disorder has yet to touch his muscle memory.
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“We’re trying to live our lives and stay out there and socialize as much as we can as long as we can,” she said. “The other night we went to see Merle Haggard and hung out with Toby Keith on his bus. … Everybody played different songs and had a great time. So we’re still out there trying to do that kind of stuff. But eventually we might not be able to do that.”
Surfdog Records owner Dave Kaplan says “See You There” is meant to feel like sitting next to Campbell in the living room, the way he was introduced to him on “The Goodtime Hour.” The singer’s voice has changed enough with age that the songs take on a new life. Kaplan took Raymond’s vocal recordings and surrounded them with music meant to leave lots of space for the singer’s voice.
“I was immediately struck that they were kind of intimate and they definitely shook your spine,” Kaplan said. “They were haunting and stunning and had this new intimacy in a way I hadn’t heard these songs.”
It was hearing Campbell sing “Hey Little One,” with its simple opening, that convinced Kaplan it was OK to mess with the perfection of the originals.
“You just don’t hear that on planet Earth,” he said. “You don’t just hear that. That sealed the deal in three words.”
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Ashley Campbell: Alzheimer’s Is Stealing My Father’s Memories
Posted on 04/25/2013 by Tamara Lytle| Washington Watchhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6AajSJGJK4http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads ... /79511.jpg
It had all the makings of a doleful country song – a heartbroken young woman watching her father’s memories slip away from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ashley Campbell told her story to the Senate Special Committee on Aging on April 24. Beside her sat her father, country music legend Glenn Campbell, who no longer tours because of the disease. They were there to press for a plan by the Alzheimer’s Association to find effective treatments by 2025.
Ashley Campbell spoke of memories stolen from her father, good times like their jam sessions, him on guitar and her on banjo.
“Now when I play banjo with my dad, it’s getting harder for him to follow along. And it’s getting harder for him to recall my name,” she said. “It’s hard to come to the realization that some day my dad might look at me and I will be absolutely nothing to him.”
She had a sympathetic ear from committee member Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins wore the purple suit she dons each year to honor lobbying for Alzheimer’s research. She hopes the day comes when she can retire it, she said.
“As someone whose family has experienced the pain of Alzheimer’s time and time again, I know there is no more helpless feeling then to watch the progression of this devastating disease,” Collins said. “An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, more than double the number in 1980. Based on the current trajectory, more than 16 million Americans over the age of 65 will have Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2050.”