Sunday, June 28, 2015

"Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me": Glen continues to sing Rhinestone despite Alzheimer's

Sometimes in 1975 or 1976 when working for NBC, I worked the “night shift” when there was more computer time, and I remember hearing Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” on the radio in my office a lot.

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, CNN aired the documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”, directed by James Keach.

The film shows his continuing on with his country music career with the devotion of his fourth wife despite the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in June 2011.  The doctor shows the brain scan with the loss of volume in specific areas now associated with that diagnosis.  But his music ability and perfect pitch carry him, and he is able to continue singing until the end of 2012, after his memory loss progresses more rapidly.  The final concert took place in Napa, California.  Campbell is now age 79.
I was quite struck by the dedicated attention he gets from the fourth wife.

Campbell says he cannot remember ordinary facts (like what month of the year it is) because he has “no use” for them.
The film shows a lot of Ozark country in Arkansas. 
My own mother was “officially” diagnoses with early Alzheimer’s near the end, but her symptoms were not as dramatic as Campbell’s near the end.  Much more of her dementia was vascular-related. 
Related: Maria Shriver’s “The Alzheimer’s Project” series for HBO, television blog, May 10, 2009.
The official site is here , from PCH films, Area23, Volunteers for America, and the Alzheimer’s Fund.
"BuffaloRiver" by Original uploader was Vsmith at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Andrei Stroe using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -  link.   I was in the area in 1979, close in 1988.  Second picture: me at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. 

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