Glen Campbell, who crossed over from being an in-demand session guitarist (on songs as diverse as “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys and “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra) to being a country music and then popular music star (“Gentle on My Mind,” “Rhinestone Cowboy”), with his own network variety show and even some movie appearances (such as with John Wayne in the original True Grit), passed away yesterday. He was 81 and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
- KC's View:
Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, and he responded with a long and well-received farewell tour that was chronicled in the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. It was both affectionate and unsparing, and it is worth seeing; I’ve never been a big Glen Campbell fan, but I also liked his last album, “Adios,” made up of standards he loved to sing but had never recorded.
It all is sentimental, but perhaps because of my own experience with a family member suffering from a slow, degenerative brain disease, I found it to be touching stuff.