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Campbell announces he has Alzheimer's, plans final studio disc

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Glen Campbell announced Wednesday he has Alzheimer's Disease and plans to release his final studio disc in late August.

Campbell was recently diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, according to a press release. He did an interview with People's Magazine, which will be out on Friday.

"Ghost On The Canvas" will be out Aug. 30 on Surfdog Records. Among the tunesmiths contributing songs are Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Robert Pollard and Teddy Thompson with backing by Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Roger Manning and The Dandy Warhols. The album is produced by Julian Raymond, who also co-wrote a number of new songs with Campbell.

Campbell will celebrate the new album as well as his five-decade-plus career with a valedictory worldwide concert tour, "The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour." A complete itinerary will be announced shortly.

Campbell's career went back on the upswing with 2008's "Meet Glen Campbell," produced by Raymond. The album found Campbell putting his stamp on songs by such artists as U2, Green Day, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, and Jackson Browne, supported by members of Jane's Addiction, Jellyfish and Cheap Trick.

Over the course of his career, Campbell has had 6 Top 20 albums and 21 Top 40 hit singles on the overall charts. His track record as one of country music's greatest stars includes 27 Top 10 country classics spanning 22 years, as well as 9 number 1 country albums.

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British Live Performance CD review - British Live Performance
Glen Campbell was in fine voice for this 1990 Doncaster, England concert that features strong performances of many of his classic hits and some rare gems, but at times the collection feels a bit dated by the presence of unmemorable tracks from his current album at the time. Campbell's association with songwriter Jim Webb is celebrated nicely not only with megahits "Galveston," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman," but one of the highlights is a »»»
I'll Be Me Soundtrack CD review - I'll Be Me Soundtrack
In what will likely become the swansong to Glen Campbell's prolific 50-plus year career, "I'll Be Me" documents both the life and failing health of a man long considered an American icon. While Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's disease is well known, it's still difficult to witness the awful effects of a horrible disease that's effectively robbed him of his musical abilities, cognizance and ability to live life the way anyone of us would wish. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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