Friday, 15 December, 2017

Celebrities mourn loss of country singer Glen Campbell

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"Glen was a courageous advocate on behalf of Alzheimer's, not only bravely sharing his diagnosis with the world, but continuing to bring joy to his fans through his music while facing the disease so publicly", he said. "I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin".

Interpretation was one of Campbell's key gifts.

Glen Campbell is the rare entertainer who got to say goodbye to his life and career in every way he knew how. Webb's baroque rhymes and complicated melodies could sometimes bog down a singer (Richard Harris couldn't help but turn "MacArthur Park" into turgid camp in 1968) but Glen's light touch sold Jimmy's eccentricities while retaining their otherworldly essence.

Glen Campbell performs in March 1970.

The creator of hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" died in Nashville, Tennessee, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, which he revealed he was suffering from when he was 75 years old in 2011.

"He will be remembered so well and with so much love".

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Campbell's death was met with an outpouring of grief from stars of the country music world and others.

Though now acknowledged as a pop classic, "Gentle on My Mind", Campbell's 1967 interpretation of John Hartford's rambling folk tale, didn't even break into the Billboard Top 40, nor did it get far on their country chart. The two became friends while filming the western.

Campbell, who was married four times and had eight children, had well-publicized struggles with drinking and drugs. She stayed with him through a long and exasperating battle with Alzheimer's. His on-again, off again relationship with singer Tanya Tucker became tabloid fodder.

I remember watching Campbell in concert on the Silver Springs stage 10 years ago. "I realised he was at least my equal and probably someone I could learn a great deal from if I would just shut up and pay attention".

Owen took to Facebook after learning the sad news to not only share some poignant words, but to pay homage to Campbell by performing an acoustic rendition of one of his signature songs, "Wichita Lineman". The record made it to number three in the official United Kingdom charts. I'm here for you.

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