Country music legend Glen Campbell is to release the song he wrote about his Alzheimer's battle as his final tune. I’m Not Gonna Miss You is the the last song the Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker recorded with producer Julian Raymond before his condition forced him to quit the business.
The track was recorded for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which was released earlier this year (14).
The song will be available as a download on 30 September (14), the same day as the release of the documentary soundtrack album, which also features The Band Perry's rendition of Gentle on My Mind and Home Again by Campbell's daughter Ashley.
The singer's family checked him into a care facility earlier this year (14) when his memory lapses and confused state made him a danger to himself around the home.
The wife of veteran country singer Glen Campbell has defended her decision to admit him to a residential care facility. The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker's wife of more than 30 years, Kim Woolen, admitted her husband to a special centre in Nashville, Tennessee in April (14) because she was struggling to look after the music legend, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Campbell's eldest daughter Debby criticised the move in a recent interview with Country Weekly magazine, expressing her desire to have her father home and claiming he wants to leave the facility.
Woolen has now spoken out to defend her decision, telling the Associated Press that doctors persuaded her to let experts care for her husband.
She says, "It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer's but indulging those feelings does not help him. I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest.
"He has long-time friends here in Nashville who come to play music for him and give him hugs. He has activities and therapies to stimulate him and help him experience daily moments of success. His life is filled with love and laughter and he is being cared for round the clock by people who specialise in Alzheimer's care and happen to adore him."
The 78-year-old singer has been suffering from the degenerative neurological condition since 2011.
The eldest daughter of ailing country singer Glen Campbell is eager to move her dad home just months after he was admitted to an Alzheimer's care facility near Nashville, Tennessee. The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker's wife of 31 years, Kim Woolen, admitted her husband to the centre in April (14) as she was struggling to look after the music legend at home.
Now Campbell's daughter Debby tells Country Weekly that she wants her father's last days to be spent at her house in Arizona surrounded by family members.
She said, "I want to take my dad home and take care of him. I know that he is getting along great with the people who are at the facility, but that's not how I feel - as his daughter - he should spend the rest of his life. I feel like he should be surrounded by loved ones at home."
Debby insists that despite his condition, her dad has expressed a wish to leave the care facility.
She adds, "My dad deserves better than this. I'm not saying it's bad by any means, but I don't think he's getting the attention that he needs. If I felt that his family in Nashville was spending hours with him and eating meals with him, it would be different.
"If I lived there, I would want to spend from the time he wakes in the morning until the evening with him... But why can't I do that in the comfort of my own home with him instead of flying to Nashville and going to a care facility?"
The singer has been suffering from the disease for more than three years. He headed out on a farewell tour in 2012.
Country music icon Glen Campbell will probably never perform again, according to his wife. Kim Woolen claims the Wichita Lineman hitmaker's Alzheimer's disease symptoms have robbed Campbell of his ability to recall lyrics and play the guitar.
She explains, "He can't even tune a guitar now. If I tune one and hand it to him he can still play, (but) not like he used to. He can play a couple licks here and there, and he finds joy in that."
The singer moved into a memory-care facility near the couple's Nashville, Tennessee home earlier this year (14) when his condition became too severe for family members to look after him.
Woolen is happy that her husband is getting the best care possible and she visits him every day.
She tells People.com, "It's a very nurturing place... (and) he feels secure there. I sit with him through his meals... (and) we hug each other and cuddle. I savour every day.
"There's a lot of sadness (but) we just continue to try to make the best of every day and keep a sense of humour."
Country music legend Glen Campbell's wife has spoken out about her decision to move the singer to an Alzheimer's care facility, revealing it was too exhausting to look after the legend at home. The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker was admitted to a Nashville, Tennessee centre for his own safety and Kim Woolen, his partner of 31 years, insists it was time to seek professional help.
She tells People.com, "There were five of us taking care of him and we were all completely exhausted.
"No one was getting any sleep and we were just struggling every second to keep him safe - we felt like it wasn't safe anymore."
Campbell is living in the facility full time, but he is able to return to the family home.
However, his wife reveals his visits are not always easy: "You have to watch him every single second. He's up all hours of the night and wanders. He'll pick up knives and sometimes he won't want to relinquish it."
His daughter Ashley adds, "(It can be dangerous) with all the household appliances and dish soap liquid and olive oil. He'll drink anything... if you lose concentration for a second, he could hurt himself."
Campbell has been in the facility since the end of March (14).
Woolen says, "He's made friends there. Everybody loves him there. It's a beautiful setting, it's very secure. He plays guitar there..."
The singer has been suffering from the disease for over three years, and headed out on a farewell tour in 2012.
Country music legend Glen Campbell has reportedly been moved into an Alzheimer's care facility as he continues to battle the condition that robbed him of his career. The Rhinestone Cowboy singer has been suffering from the memory-stealing disease for over three years, and headed out on a farewell tour in 2012, while he could still recall the lyrics to his songs.
The 78 year old was admitted to the care facility last week (ends11Apr14), according to People.com.
A source close to the family tells the website, "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week."
The news comes just two days before a documentary about the singer/songwriter's final tour, titled Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me, debuts at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival in Tennessee.
Former Bucks Fizz star Mike Nolan has released a new solo album full of tracks that helped him regain his memory following a 1984 coach crash. The Fantasy Island singer's friends and family played the star's favourite 1960s and 1970s tracks in a bid to help him recovery from the accident which almost claimed his life.
And now Nolan has recorded his versions of the tunes for his first solo album, In My Life.
His publicist Murray Harkin says, "The effects of the crash were to remain with Mike for years after leaving him even to this day with short-term memory loss and impaired vision.
"Ever since the one constant in Mike's life was the music that steered him through his life journey and which gave him hope that one day he would fulfil his ambition of recording a solo album."
The tracklisting features the Eagles' Desperado, James Taylor's You've Got a Friend and Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell, who is facing his own battle with memory loss as a result of Alzheimer's.
Country music legend Glen Campbell's daughter fought back tears as she opened up to U.S. Senators about her father's Alzheimer's Disease battle in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (24Apr13). Ashley Campbell sat next to the Wichita Lineman hitmaker as she appealed for ongoing support for research into the memory-stealing condition, which is slowly sapping the life out of the singer/songwriter.
She told the lawmakers on Capitol Hill, "I think a person's life is comprised of memories and that's exactly what this disease takes away from you - like a memory of my dad taking me fishing in Flagstaff when I was a little girl or playing banjo with my dad while he plays guitar.
"Now when I play banjo with my dad, it's getting harder for him to follow along - and it's getting harder for him to recall my name. It's hard to come to the realisation that some day my dad might look at me and I will be absolutely nothing to him."
Campbell has recorded a final album after completing his last tour last year (12).
Fans of ailing country star Glen Campbell can expect one more album from the singer, but they will never see him perform live again, according to his publicist. The Rhinestone Cowboy legend, who turned 77 on Monday (22Apr13), was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease back in 2011.
He set out on a farewell tour last year (12), but had to scrap dates in New Zealand and Australia when his condition worsened.
In July (13), Campbell will treat devotees to an album, See You There, which will feature new renditions of old songs, but his spokesperson is adamant the star will never grace the stage to perform the tracks.
Publicist Sandy Brokaw tells Reuters, "He's done touring. He went on the good-bye tour and wanted to see how it was with his health. After Christmas they put a big bow on (touring) and wrapped it up."
Brokaw also reveals her client's condition is now so bad, he can no longer talk to the press: "He can't do an interview; he's confused. He's not comfortable on live TV anymore."
Country star Glen Campbell spent his 77th birthday on Monday (22Apr13) advocating for Alzheimer's disease research in Washington, D.C., two years after he was diagnosed with the neurological disorder. The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker, who went public with his battle with short-term memory loss in 2011, has spent the last few months wrapping up his goodbye world tour after suffering from worsening symptoms.
On Monday, he visited U.S. senators at Capitol Hill to encourage government leaders to support the fight to find a cure before heading to a special fundraising dinner for the Alzheimer's Association.
The veteran officially celebrated the milestone at home with friends and family, including his songwriter pal Jimmy Webb, over the weekend (20-21Apr13), and his wife, Kim Campbell, insists the singer remains in good spirits - despite his declining health.
She tells the Associated Press, "We're trying to live our lives and stay out there and socialise as much as we can as long as we can. The other night we went to see Merle Haggard and hung out with Toby Keith on his bus... Everybody played different songs and had a great time. So we're still out there trying to do that kind of stuff. But eventually we might not be able to do that."