I grew up in the 60’s and music was big for me, I can remember different periods in my life by the music.
When I was young I have memories of watching The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. I think “Witchita Lineman”, was the first song I ever heard him sing. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to watch a movie about his life that is coming out this fall called “I’ll Be Me”. There were many facts brought out in the movie that I didn’t know, like he was in the Beach Boys for 6 months! Wow! He recorded with almost everyone, including Elvis.
The movie said he made history by being such a big star and coming out with the fact that he has Alzheimer’s. Apparently they had a tour planned and they started seeing the signs and decided the best thing was to go on with the tour, but tell the world. What started out as a 3 week tour ended up with something like 151 shows! His wife of over 20 years, and his youngest children went on this farewell tour with him, too.
I was amazed at his ability to still play and sing so well in the midst of what he was going through on this tour. The movie does a great job of showing you his frame of mind and how he and his family and friends dealt with it all.
I very much enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys his music or wants to know more about this disease. I learned a lot about Glen and Alzheimer’s through this movie.
In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.