Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Glen Campbell's doctor reflects on singer's contribution to Alzheimer's awareness

Glen Campbell's doctor reflects on singer's contribution to Alzheimer's awareness

Country singer Glen Campbell, whose hit songs Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman brought him global fame, has died aged 81. I love you dad.

Jimmy Webb, Campbell's longtime collaborator and writer of Campbell's signature hits "Witchita Lineman", "Galveston" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", among others: "So very sad about the passing of dear friend, Glen Campbell".

His biggest hit topped both the pop and country charts in 1975: "Rhinestone Cowboy".

The film, which generated the Grammy-winning song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", showed the star still instinctively fluent on the guitar yet struggling to remember lyrics and setlists and, by the time of his final show in Napa, California, barely able to lead his band.

"It was fun, but I didn't want to spend the rest of my musical career playing bass and singing the high part", he joked. He was "as blonde as the sun and solid as a bale of hay", said one critic of Campbell's "beefcake physique". Campbell capitalized on this popularity, and turned to television. Ashley also released a music video for the song. Guests ranged from actor John Wayne to The Monkees to his own family. She helped him clean up his life after years of cocaine and alcohol addiction and is the mother of three of his eight children. "Thankful to have known him".

A member of the Country Hall of Fame, in 2011 Campbell announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's, an issue dealt with in the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, directed by James Keach. And instead of receding into the shadows, he planned a tour. Sure, Johnny Cash took to the airwaves with a more seriously music-driven and artistically-savvy TV show a year later. But Campbell's version was inescapably accessible, plus it but a put a few well-earned royalty checks in Toussaint's mailbox. Fans sent their condolences to the 30-year-old with one comment beautifully reading: "He will forever be in our hearts no matter what". "It's his default is that his hands will start doing that".

He is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell; their three children; his children from previous marriages; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers.

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