Friday, April 27, 2012

Glen Campbell: Ghost on the Canvas

"'I’m a blessed man, I know that,' Campbell, 75, says by phone from home in California. ... That notion is an anchor fastening him to the present, though his recollections of the past grow cloudier, blurring a lifetime’s worth of memories from one of country music’s all-time greats. In a career spanning 54 years, Campbell has released 52 studio albums, 17 of which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s country chart. He landed 23 top-10 singles, including seminal versions of the iconic songs 'Wichita Lineman,' 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' and 'Rhinestone Cowboy.' Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about a year ago, after years of short-term memory loss. Determined to retire on his own terms, he released a new album, last summer’s poignant 'Ghost On the Canvas,' and embarked on what’s billed as a 'goodbye tour'" (Eric R. Danton, "'Blessed' Glen Campbell Brings 'Goodbye Tour' to Mohegan Sun," Sound Check, 2/23/12).

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