Tanya Tucker on Glen Campbell: 'I'll Forever Love You, Glen'

Tanya Tucker on Glen Campbell: 'I'll Forever Love You, Glen'

Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell were the most talked about couple in the country music world when they were together during the 1980s.

"Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell, who succumbed on Tuesday to the Alzheimer's he had been diagnosed with in 2011, showed "True Grit" too in his life.

I know I heard plenty of other songs coming out of that van's AM radio, but I have particularly evocative memories of Campbell's classic, "Wichita Lineman".

Glen made history in 1967 by winning 4 Grammys in the country and pop categories, and took home CMA's Entertainer of the Year award in 1968.

Campbell died from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease, and his struggles with the neurodegenerative illness is the subject of the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which is now available for streaming on Netflix.

The late country singer's wife, Kim, "couldn't have said it any better", said Graham. Whether singing of lost-love (By the Time I Get to Phoenix) or about a soldier at war (Galveston) or of lost youth (The Dreams of the Everyday Housewife), Glen Campbell's songs (many written by Jimmy Webb) spoke to the human condition.

"I'm just devastated. Absolutely devastated". According to Campbell's website, his father recognized his talent at an early age and bought him a $5 guitar when he was four years old.

When I interviewed Campbell at the end of October 2010, just before his appearance at the City National Grove of Anaheim, I remember hanging up the phone and wondering if something was wrong with him.

"The Campbell family would like to thank everyone for their enormous outpouring of love and support", a Facebook statement reads.

You will not be forgotten, Glen Campbell. Tanya said. "I don't like crying, but every now and then he's worth it".

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