Glen Campbell's Alzheimers Has Now Robbed Him of the Ability to Play Guitar

by VVN Music

Glen Campbell's ever-advancing Alzheimer's disease has now robbed him of the ability to play guitar.

Glen's wife, Kim Campbell, has talked with The Tennessean about Campbell's day-to-day struggles, telling them that he is in the late stages of the disease. Originally diagnosed in 2011, Campbell recorded a final album and went on the road one last time but, by 2014, the daily care became stressful enough that he was put into a full time facility.

One of those things that Glen can no longer do is play guitar, although Kim says he occasionally breaks into a short bit of air guitar.

The loss of that ability is huge, not only for Campbell but for the world of music. Glen Campbell was first and foremost a superb guitarist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and initially joined The Champs who had, a few years earlier, had a major hit with Tequila. During the day, he worked for American Music as a songwriter and working on demos. His skills soon saw him becoming an in-demand session player with L.A.'s famed Wrecking Crew which eventually led to him being a touring member of the Beach Boys, filling in for Brian Wilson in the mid-60's.

Even when he started having regular hits with songs like Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman, he still was known for his playing. When he became host of the TV series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour there would always be segments highlighting his skills as an instrumentalist.

Kim Campbell went on to say that Glen has also lost his ability to speak almost entirely although he still tries to sing, especially when his daughter Ashley visits to play a few songs in his room. Ashley said "With persistence, something gets in" and Kim adding "He still has his essence."

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