Wife: Glen Campbell Can No Longer Play Guitar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell’s wife says Alzheimer’s disease has robbed the 80-year-old singer’s ability to play guitar.

But Kim Campbell tells The Tennessean that her husband occasionally breaks into a solo air guitar routine, which she says is “kind of fun.”

Glen Campbell was diagnosed with the brain-ravaging disease in 2011 and went on a world tour afterward. The singer known for such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” ”Wichita Lineman” and “Southern Nights” was moved to a long-term care facility in 2014.

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Kim Campbell says he continues to sing, although the words are gibberish and “it’s not a melody that we recognize, but you can tell that it’s a happy song and he has a song in his heart,” so that brings her great comfort.

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One Comment

  1. David Colton says:

    A truly class act. Never heard HIM making any political statements while performing. He just sang, acted, and made people happy. (I met him once as a Deputy in Florida, when he played in Tampa in 1987.)
    Such a sad way for a good guy like him to go out. Life is rarely fair.

  2. Oscar Diggs says:

    A wonderful guy and great performer. TV, Hit Records, Played with the Beach Boys. Guy had a great life and made many folks happy. Sad way for him to end up. Thank you Glen.

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