Country Singer Glen Campbell Reveals He Has Alzheimer’s, To Cap Off Career

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jun. 23, 2011

Country singer Glen Campbell, 75, has revealed that he has Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, he tells People that he is looking to cap off his career by giving his final farewell performances at various venues — a career that has spanned 50 years. Throughout the five decades in country music, Campbell has released 70 albums and sold 45 million records.

Campbell, who is known for his hits such as Gentle on My Mind, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights, and By the Time I Get To Phoenix, recently released a new song called A Better Place — a personal song that fits where he is at life. According to the sit-down he and his wife Kim did, Campbell suffered from short term memory loss for years now but wasn’t diagnosed with Alzheimer’s until very late last year.

“I still love making music,” Campbell said about his career. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.” His wife added, “Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer. But if he flubs a lyric or get confused on stage, I wouldn’t want people to think, ‘What’s the matter with him? Is he drunk?’” That is the reason the two released personal information on Campbell’s state. Glen and Kate have been married for almost 30 years now and has eight children — five sons and three daughters. He has been married four times.

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