Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Hazard businessman remembers friend country singer Glen Campbell

Hazard businessman remembers friend country singer Glen Campbell

Donations for Alzheimer's research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund via BrightFocus Foundation on the donation page at

Campbell, who's best known for his 1975 hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy, was in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients when he died Tuesday, TMZ said".

The music legend behind songs such as "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Wichita Lineman" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" passed away at the age of 81 on August 8, a representative for his record label Universal Music Group has confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine. He picked up the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1969.

As well as his musical talents, Campbell also ventured onto the big screen, starring alongside John Wayne in True Grit (1969) and most recently playing Jesse Dalton for a stint in TV series Players (1997). Rejecting the shame and secrecy that sometimes attend Alzheimer's, Campbell turned into an advocate for the disease and was staunchly public about his affliction; audiences cheered him even as he struggled to remember his lyrics on stage.

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In one of the interviews which featured Kim, his wife, she revealed that the country musician has been fighting a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Campbell also performed in the Beach Boys' band on tour in 1964 and 1965. Let people listen to that one for a long, long, long time because he sang like an angel. He played on several recordings including tracks for Ricky Nelson, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, and Merle Haggard. His career goes well beyond country music, though, with film, television and pop music.

Urban went on to share that the night he won his first country music award, he got back to his hotel room and found a fax on the floor from Glen Campbell.

COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS syndicated "ORIGINAL COUNTRY GOLD" hosted by ROWDY YATES is offering a half-hour CAMPBELL tribute special for immediate airply on a non-market exclusive basis.

"Welcome to the award winning world kid", Urban wrote of Campbell's message to him. "I miss you already", commented soberly Miley Cyrus.

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