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Wednesday
Jun222011

Glen Campbell Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and will perform a series of farewell shows this fall.

In an interview with People, Glen and his wife Kim revealed he was diagnosed six months ago but has been suffering from short term memory loss for several years now.

Kim says, "Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer, but if he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage, I wouldn't want people to think, 'What's the matter with him?' 'Is he drunk?'

Glen still loves making music and his new album, Ghost on the Canvas, will be out Aug. 30. The set features original songs written by Paul Westerberg and Jakob Dylan along with Glen himself. Chris Isaak, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, and Brian Setzer are among the stars performing on the album. He'll support it with the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour, with dates to be announced soon.

Says Glen, "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."

Glen Campbell started his career as a guitarist backing up the likes of Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley among others. He gained prominence in both the pop and country worlds with his hits "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Gentle on My Mind," and "Rhinestone Cowboy" in the late '60s and '70s. A multiple Grammy winner, Glen was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

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