Glen Campbell, Country Music Legend, Moved to Alzheimer's Care Facility

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Friday, 18 Apr 2014 09:26 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Glen Campbell, the 77-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer best known for the hit "Rhinestone Cowboy," was moved to an Alzheimer's care facility last week, according to a family friend.

"He was moved to an Alzheimer's facility last week," the source told People magazine. "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week."

According to People, Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, went public with his diagnosis back in 2011 so as to introduce his final live farewell tour to his fans.

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The "Goodbye Tour," as it was called, was filmed for the upcoming documentary "Glen Campbell . . . I'll Be Me," which will debut at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival on Friday. In his final tour, the country music icon was joined on stage by his three adult children — Cal, Shannon, and Ashley — who performed as a backup band, CBS DFW News reported.

In addition to his "Goodbye Tour," Campbell also released a new album called "Ghost on the Canvas" in August 2011. The album was well-received, with BBC music critic Martin Aston writing that it was "a fine way to bow out of the business."

Over the course of his 55-year career, Campbell has released more than 70 albums, selling in upwards of 45 million records while winning four Grammy Awards in both country and pop music. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

In the 2011 interview with People magazine in which he announced he had Alzheimer's disease, Campbell said, "I still love making music. And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin."

In addition to his music career, which largely reached its pinnacle in the 1960s and 1970s, Campbell also had a very popular television show, "The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour," which aired in the 1970s on CBS.

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