Congrats to Glen Campbell, who was recently announced as the Academy of Country Music’s 2016 “Career Achievement Award” recipient!
Past recipients of this prestigious award include Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, John Anderson, Faith Hill, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Paycheck, Carl Perkins, and Reba McEntire.
The 51st ACM Awards air Sunday April 3rd at 8/7c on CBS. Click here for more info!
This limited edition special commemorative 12″ vinyl picture disc of Glen’s FINAL STUDIO ALBUM, “See You There,” is now available for pre-order here and will begin shipping on April 15th! This is the legendary Glen Campbell’s final studio album of his amazing career, that offers stunning new takes of his career-defining hits on his album See You There. These gorgeous vocals were initially recorded during the Ghost On The Canvas sessions. Producers Dave Darling and Dave Kaplan were so moved by these powerful performances, they decided to bring a group of musicians into the studio that would complement Glen’s legendary voice. The resulting album is at once chilling, uplifting, haunting and spine tingling.
“When Glen heard what they did in reinterpreting these songs, he lit up and was smiling from ear to ear. And I was too,” says Kim Campbell, Glen’s wife. “This record is a more intimate and unique take on many of Glen’s most popular songs as well as some other gems. The producers took the magic of his voice and showcased it in a whole new way for Glen.”
The album’s title, See You There, an expression that’s been a trademark of Glen’s for years, takes on an added poignancy at this stage of his life – as do the songs that take us back to the early days of his iconic career.
Hey Little One
Gentle On My Mind
Postcard From Paris
Waiting On The Comin’ Of My Lord
What I Wouldn’t Give
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
There’s No Me…Without You
Waiting On The Comin’ Of My Lord (feat. Jose Hernandez & Mariachi Del Sol De Mexico)
Available for pre-order here!
This limited edition special commemorative 12″ vinyl picture disc of one of Glen’s final two albums, “Ghost On The Canvas,” is now available for pre-order here and will begin shipping on April 15th! In Glen’s over-five-decade career in show business, he has sold 45 million records with hits like “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and tons more. “Ghost On The Canvas” is a deep, meaningful look back at his career/life with contributions by the artists he continues to inspire. Simply put, “Ghost On The Canvas” is the album of Glen Campbell’s life.
At the time of this original CD release in 2011, Glen had stated, “I still love making music. And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin…I’m at peace with the world. This is the happiest time of my life.” – Glen Campbell
A Better Place
Ghost On The Canvas
The Billstown Crossroads
A Thousand Lifetimes
It’s Your Amazing Grace
Second Street North
In My Arms
May 21st, 1969
Nothing But The Whole Wide World
Wild And Waste
Hold On Hope
Valley Of The Sun
The Rest Is Silence
There’s No Me…Without You
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM:
Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices)
The Dandy Worhals
& many more!
Available for pre-order here!
The documentary that chronicles Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s throughout Surfdog’s historical Ghost On The Canvas campaign and tour, titled “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” is now available for purchase on DVD and digital download! Click here for purchase info!
We are very pleased to see the amazing outpouring of love for the Campbells as a result of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” film, which documented Surfdog’s “Ghost On The Canvas” campaign and tour, and Glen and his family’s candor and bravery in dealing with his disease.
The documentary detailing Glen’s battle with Alzheimer’s touched the hearts of over 2.76 million viewers on Sunday, which makes it the most-watched CNN Films broadcast in the franchise’s history! Read more HERE. If you didn’t catch it, watch on Friday, July 3rd at 9 pm ET/6 PT on HLN or Saturday, July 4th at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on CNN.
I visited my friend Glen Campbell Wednesday in Nashville. Laura and Kim Campbell were there as well. You may be aware that Glen has bravely been living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Along with his strong and courageous wife, they have changed the face of Alzheimer’s forever. The world watched as Glen traveled from city to city, to continue doing what he loves to do: perform and share his music. Doctors were amazed at how the music and activity appeared to slow the pace of the disease for awhile. With his family, they showed the world that you don’t have to hide when you become ill. They raised awareness, and in turn, funds for Alzheimer’s research.
Glen is currently residing in a memory support community—it reminded me of one of the nice hotels he would stay at while on tour. Kim has found this place for Glen that is safe, where he is cared for 24 hours a day. The ratio of caregivers to residents astounded me–he is never alone. And there are only 17 other residents; his neighbors are former lawyers, doctors, teachers and others who are living with the same challenges that dementia brings. Glen has been my friend for a long time and I love him like a brother. I am sure that Kim has made the right choices for and with my friend of 50 years.
Glen has his private room and bathroom, all decorated by Kim with custom paint, lots of photos murals and framed memorabilia. The place is bright and clean. He loves color and still wears his blue suede shoes from time to time! The memory center has elaborate arrangements for activities. There are many different rooms and spaces for him to experience each day, each furnished tastefully and safely.
There is an airy screened-in porch where Glen likes to sit and where we visited with him. He has a full time care-er, Brody. Brody is in his early twenties with long blond hair–he looks like a surfer! Brody is patient and kind. He plays the guitar with and for Glen. They sing, they walk around the grounds and converse almost constantly. We instantly fell for Brody and thanked him for the care he gives to Glen and the important breaks he gives Kim so she can rest and work.
Glen has always been a happy guy and a jokester. He still is. For longer than I’d like to remember, he has imitated Donald Duck and during the visit, he did his Donald voice for us. He sings in a low register all the way to high clear notes that are reminiscent of the performances we are all familiar with. He seems almost to go from song to song, under his breath at times. He looked at me after singing one song and said, “that was a good song wasn’t it?” Music is still at the very center of who he is. It is almost as though he is giving a never-ending performance.
The last thing he said to me when it was time for us to go was, “Was it a good one?” like he used to say to me at the end of a concert. That phrase made me think that he recognized me, that and the fact that he said my name to Kim and Laura when I left the room briefly.
He sees his family all of the time; Kim and two of his younger children live just a few minutes away. And his oldest daughter Debby was visiting just the day before.
He is loved. He is cared for. He is respected. And most of all, he has his dignity. We can all be comforted by that.
Yours very truly,
Jimmy L. Webb
The documentary that chronicles Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s during his 2012 “Goodbye Tour,” titled “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” will be airing on CNN on Sunday, June 28th at 9pm ET.
- A Life of Hits: Glen Campbell has had 81 songs on the charts. That averages out to one for every year of his life plus six before he was born.
- Forget Kevin Bacon: Within one degree of Glen Campbell you get: Elvis, John Wayne, Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard, the Mamas & Papas, Dean Martin, Bobbie Gentry, Steve Martin, Rob Reiner, the Highwaymen, Tanya Tucker, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve McQueen, Joe Namath, Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, Mel Tillis, Robert Culp, Olivia Newton-John, Leif Garrett, Paul Westerberg, Billy Corgan, Bob Pollard, Jakob Dylan, Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Clint Eastwood, Steve Wariner, Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Nat King Cole, Rick Nelson, the Dillards, Dick Dale, Jeff Bridges, Allen Toussaint, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Rita Coolidge, Brian Setzer and Jimmy Webb. Most people at any point in history would have settled for Elvis and John Wayne.
- Holy Moly: Glen’s a religious person so I won’t blaspheme here, but the Beatles famously claimed (in a quote admittedly taken out of context) to be bigger than Jesus. Um, Glen Campbell outsold the Beatles in 1969.
- God Only Knows: Glen played guitar on the Beach Boys’ opus Pet Sounds, and when Brian Wilson was in his, let’s say “difficult period,” they invited him to join the band. He subbed in for a tour and then went off to make a several dozen of his own hits.
- A Good Time, All the Time: From 1969 to 1972, Campbell was the charismatic host of the aptly named The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Tens of millions people a week watched it, with up to 50 million a week tuning in. (Think about it, today’s biggest non-Super Bowl TV event, is 30 million people watching American Idol finals.)
- Changing Lanes: Campbell has gotten hits and/or awards in the country, pop and gospel genres. He’s won Grammys, AMAs, CMAs, was up for an Oscar, and did a covers album that included a Green Day song. Crazy!
- Forget Horatio Alger: Campbell grew up in severe poverty as the 7th son of an Arkansas sharecropper. He came to Hollywood in 1960 with $300 and a lot of hope. He scratched by on a meager publishing deal. Then came the sessions, then came the albums, then came the hits, then came the TV shows, etc., etc., and this was all back when the music industry paid for this stuff. The American Dream, man.
- Albums For Everyone: Glen Campbell has sold over 45 million albums.
- Unfinished Big Business: The version of “Gentle On My Mind” that was such a smash? A demo!!! Most demos sound like wet napkins on cardboard. Few reach radio. Fewer still do THAT.
- On the Map: Born in Arkansas, a regional radio star in New Mexico, a hit session artist in Hollywood, ran a theater in Branson. With plenty of time in Nashville, England and more or less the rest of the world.
- Saddle Up, Pilgrim: Glen Campbell was featured in the original version of True Grit alongside John Wayne (and recorded an Oscar-nominated song for the movie).
- Stranger Things Have Happened: The guitar on Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night?” Glen Campbell. Doobie doobie doo.
- Hope He Owns A Tux: Campbell’s played the White House four times and two private shows for the UK’s royal family.
- When Do You Practice?: Glen Campbell is a scratch golfer. Lots of famous guys play golf. Few are that good. Fewer still host the Glen Campbell Los Angeles open.
- Going Out With a Roar: Glen’s last album, the forthcoming Ghost on The Canvas, features songs from Paul Westerberg, Bob Pollard and Jakob Dylan and appearances by Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Brian Setzer, Billy Corgan and many more… Crazy (again)!
- Oh, yeah, that song “Rhinestone Cowboy”? Yeah, that’s Glen Campbell.