Music Legend Glen Campbell: Then & Now

Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis shocked and saddened legions of music lovers, but in the new movie, “I’ll Be Me,” fans get a behind the scenes look at Glen’s farewell tour. Plus, The 700 Club’s Scott Ross revisits a 1984 interview with Glen about his new found faith.


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Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis shocked and saddened legions of music lovers, but in the new movie, “I’ll Be Me,” fans get a behind the scenes look at Glen’s farewell tour. Plus, The 700 Club’s Scott Ross revisits a 1984 interview with Glen about his new found faith.
// - (Clips from new movie, “I’ll Be Me”) …..
Announcer voice … “Mrs. Campbell, how does it feel to be the mother of one of the finest music stars in the country?”  “Well, we’re really proud of him and everything.”

Old clip from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson:  “The record he’s got out is one of the biggest he’s ever had, called ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ somebody told me it’s on it’s way to selling two million copies – of one record.”
Announcer: “Entertainer of the year is Glen Campbell …. “
Keith Urban: “Growing up across the world, Glen Campbell showed me what country music was.”

Taylor Swift: “Glen Campbell has been making music history for decades, and he still is.  He took country music to new heights and became a global superstar.”

Announcer: “He was the first singer to win in both country and contemporary categories in the same year.” 

Scott Ross, 700 Club Special Reporter: “I’ll Be Me, the newly-released documentary gives us a backstage pass to Glen Campbell’s incredible goodbye tour. The film captures poignant on- and offstage moments of one of country music’s most successful, talented, and beloved artists.”

Glen plays the guitar at the Ryman Theatre.

Scott: “Glen was an Arkansas farm boy, the seventh son of twelve children, and learned to play the guitar from his Uncle ‘Boo.’ I interviewed Glen in 1984 – he told me about his start as a session musician in L.A. for some of the biggest names in music …”

Glen Campbell, 1984 interview with Scott: “From Frank Sinatra to Elvis to Merle Haggard, Freddie Hart, Nat King Cole, the Kingston Trio I worked with for a long time, Beach Boys I worked with – I was on the road with them for a year playing bass and singin’ the high part. It was like goin’ to school, musically, I think.”

Scott: “I talked to him after a concert somewhere – I think it may have been Texas – and I was the first person to talk to Glen about his conversion to Jesus Christ.”

Glen: “I really cannot say what it is that I have done. I give the credit to God.” 

Scott, 1984: “Ironically, Glen’s musical background started in the church, where he literally cut his teeth listening to hymns and gospel music.” 

Glen, 1984: “I remember the first song I grew up singing, that was Where Can I Go, but to the Lord?” The second one I remember was Amazing Grace.”

Scott, 1984: “…But Glen drifted away from those spiritual roots, and the press pounced on him – especially his marriage problems. After three bad marriages, and a highly publicized affair with singer Tanya Tucker, Glen Campbell was ready for a big change in his life. While the fling with Tanya was cooling off, Glen met Kim Woolen, a born-again member of the Radio City Music Hall dance troupe. A year later, they were married. Right from the first blind date, this relationship was destined to be different from all the rest.”

Scott: “And he had never said anything about it publicly. And in that interview he came out and said it. I said, ‘Where, you know, where are you with God? You've had a rocky road in life, other than career…’ He had been, you know, he'd been a drunk. He'd done drugs. He had lost marriages, the whole deal, but now he's very happy with his wife and his children and all that. I said, ‘What caused the change in your life?’"

Scott, 1984: “Sometimes it’s possible to go through a religious experience without having a genuine experience with the Lord Himself. What about that?”

Glen, 1984: “I’ve experienced that – what you just said about going through something you think is religious. You think is right on. You think is good, and you’re gettin’ the feedback from the other side, only it’s not of God.”

Kim Campbell, 1984: “You can be religious and still have your cake and eat it too. Yeah, been through that. Since we’ve been together, we’ve really tried to put God first in our life and we grow everyday together. We believe in the relationship that God talks about in the Bible, man and woman. (Scott: “In what way?”) The husband should love his wife like Jesus loved the church, and the wife should be submissive.”

Glen, 1984: “I could not be that way before, because I was not honest and I wasn’t real in the relationship.”

Scott, 1984: “Glen, let me ask you. Is there something recently that made the place of God more prominent in your life?”

Scott, 2014: “And he said, ‘God.’ I said, ‘God?’ What are you – what happened with you and God?’ And he started talking about Jesus.”

Glen, 1984: “You know, when I hit forty – when do you grow up? When do you become a man? When do you become responsible? I realized that I had been bastardizing the singing gift and the playing gift, abusing myself, bodily, and not doing that which was good and right in the eyes of God. God forgives you for that, he says Jesus Christ died on the cross for that. You are forgiven for your sins. Then do it knowingly; that is a great sin.”

Glen finishes singing Amazing Grace, 1984 

Scott. 1984: “It sounds like you may be coming to a place where you are discovering who Glen Campbell is really for the first time.”

Glen, 1984: I’m a child Christian now, is what it is. I’m discovering who I am and what has actually been given me. To be where I am in this life, the credit goes to God. I’m not that brilliant, I’m not that smart.” 

Scott: Glen appeared on the 700 Club many times over the years. Remember this spot?

Glen sings “The Book” theme from ’84.

Scott: “In 2011, doctors gave Glen and Kim a heartbreaking diagnosis …”

Dr. Ronald Petersen, Mayo Clinic:  “This indicates that in all likelihood, your difficulties are due to Alzheimer’s disease.” 

Various announcers: “It’s happened to a music superstar.”
“2012 will mark the end of Glen’s storied performing career.”
“There’s no cure for the Rhinestone Cowboy, who’s heading into the sunset.”

GLEN, 2012: “I ain’t done yet. Tell ‘em that.” 

Scott: “They decided Glen would do one last multi-national tour, performing with his children onstage.”

Bill MaclayTour manager: “Part of me was afraid people were out there to see a crash.”

Bruce Springsteen: “It’s a rough, rough disease. To be out there rollin’ the dice was pretty brave.” 

Glen onstage: “Who are these people? Oh, yeah, there they are.”

Kim in video clip:  “(It’s) …just healthy all the way around to keep a merry heart. I think you’ll be healthy not just to fight Alzheimer’s, but to fight anything you’re up against; if you can keep a good sense of humor.”

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