Last week, I wrote about the occasion that I managed to see one of my great Country heroes, Kris Kristofferson.
This week, another of my Country heroes, who, sadly, I will never get to see perform.
In 2011, Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I remember reading reports around the time of him forgetting the words to songs, stopping halfway through, leaving them unfinished, and thinking what a terribly, terribly sad end to a wonderful career, from session musician, to touring member of the Beach Boys, to solo stardom, this was.
I understand he currently resides in a memory care facility in Nashville, unable to communicate with other people, no longer understanding what other people are saying to him, in the “final stages” of his disease.
Whilst he was perhaps best known for recording the songs that Jimmy Webb wrote – “Galveston”, “Witchita Lineman”, “By The Time I Get to Phoenix” – there’s one song, written by Larry Weiss, with which Campbell’s name is synonymous:
I’ll try to pick something a bit more cheery next week.