Glen Campbell brings audience to its feet at Grammys

LOS ANGELES Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:02am IST

Glen Campbell sings ''Rhinestone Cowboy'' during his tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Glen Campbell sings ''Rhinestone Cowboy'' during his tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country music veteran Glen Campbell, diagnosed last year with Alzheimer's disease, had no trouble remembering words to his signature song as he gave a rousing performance of "Rhinestone Cowboy" at the Grammy Awards show on Sunday.

The 75-year-old entertainer took the stage with contemporary country stars The Band Perry and Blake Shelton, who preceded him with their own versions of two other Campbell hits, "Gentle on My Mind" and "Southern Nights."

Within moments, he had the celebrity-studded crowd at the Staples Center on their feet and singing along, including former Beatle Paul McCartney and guitarist Joe Walsh, who was seen dancing in the aisle with his wife, Marjorie.

Ever the showman, Campbell pointed his microphone at the audience for each chorus, inviting them to join in on the line, "Like a Rhinestone Cowboy!" and the hall's musical luminaries all joyfully obliged.

The performance, delivered without a hitch, ended in a hail of cheers and applause as Campbell shouted, "Thank y'all so much!" then turned to leave the stage as the lights went down and could be heard gamefully asking, "Where do I go?"

Campbell, a five-time Grammy winner who had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years, revealed in a People magazine article in June that he had been diagnosed six months before as being in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

His wife, Kim, said then that the couple decided to go public with his diagnosis ahead of a final, farewell concert tour that he launched in the fall of 2011.

Campbell started out as a session guitarist for the Beach Boys and producer Phil Spector before rising to fame in the 1960s with hits that included "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." Perhaps his best-known song, "Rhinestone Cowboy" was a No. 1 hit in 1975.

He hosted his own CBS variety show, the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," from 1969 to 1972, and co-starred with John Wayne in the original 1969 movie version of "True Grit."

(Editing by Eric Beech)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Godfather Of Soul


Hobbit Trailer

Hobbit Trailer

Trailer for "The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies" released.   Video 

Tribute to Cale

Tribute to Cale

Eric Clapton pays musical tribute to long-time friend JJ Cale.  Full Article 

"My Bed" has a Home

"My Bed" has a Home

Artist Emin's grotty "My Bed" to have long-term home in Britain.  Full Article 

Space Adventure

Space Adventure

Marvel cranks up sarcasm and 70s sound for 'Guardians of Galaxy'.  Full Article 



Highlights from the annual Comic-Con gathering in San Diego.  Slideshow 

Screen Adaptation

Screen Adaptation

Toy giant Mattel joins box office race with Max Steel.  Video 


Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage