Glen Campbell in ABC Interview About His Alzheimer’s Disease

by | August 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM | TV News

ABC’s Terry Moran has scored the first TV interview with music legend Glen Campbell since Campbell, 75, revealed in June that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

A portion of this very special interview already aired Tuesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and more is scheduled for Tuesday evening’s “World News” with Diane Sawyer. The most substantial portion of the interview is scheduled for Tuesday night’s “Nightline” (although it’s possible the interview could get bumped, depending on how “Nightline” covers today’s East Coast earthquake).

In this remarkable interview, Campbell occasionally loses track of Moran’s questions and forgets basic facts about his own life, making it plain he’s already in the throes of the disease. And yet, he plans on following through with a “farewell” concert tour.

His wife, Kim, helped him handle the interview, sometimes answering on his behalf. “Music is a natural memory aid, and we’re finding out, we think it really does help his memory and help keep him from declining,” she told Moran. “So it’s really good for him and all the love he gets from all the fans is really encouraging, so that’s why we want to do it as long as we can, because it’s healthy for all of us. Music is good medicine.”

As for Campbell himself, he’s taking his life one day at a time. Says he: “Definitely take care of what’s today and tomorrow’s going to have what it has.”

In a music career spanning 50 years, Campbell had dozens of iconic hits, including “By the Time I Get to Pheonix,” “Gentle on My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” In his interview with Moran, the beloved artist talks about his new album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” due to be released Aug. 30 and now almost certain to be his last. For decades, Campbell was one of the top stars of music, movies (the original “True Grit”) and TV (“The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour”).

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that saps its victims of their memory. There is no cure, as Moran himself well knows – his mother and grandmother both died of the disease.


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