Campbell: Ill Be Me
Rock and Country &
Western singer Glen Campbell, having
announced his Alzheimers in 2011,
bravely undertook a demanding tour
across Australia, the US and Europe
to sell-out performances resulting
in the amazing new DVD Glen Campbell:
Ill Be Me...
MULTI-TALENTED COUNTRY AND WESTERN STAR Glen Campbell gained international
fame as a vocalist and actor. His worldwide hits include the memorable Rhinestone
Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, and Galveston. He released more than
70 albums, sold 45 million records, and earned many gold and platinum albums.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, television presenter, and actor Glen was chosen
specially by the late, very great, John Wayne to star opposite him as ill-fated
Texas Ranger La Boeuf in the highly successful film True Grit. Glen was
given a Golden Globe award as promising newcomer and the title song was nominated
for an Academy Award.
in Arkansas on 22 April 1936, Glen was taught to play the guitar at a young
age by his uncle. In the early 1950s he joined his uncle's band in Albuquerque
and featured on his uncle's radio show. By 1958 Glen had formed the Western
Wranglers and his popularity spiralled. He hosted a television show, The
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and consistently turned out hits during the
Sixties and Seventies.
Glen Campbell: Ill Be Me
is a sometimes
emotional journey and
a wonderful dedication
to a multi-talented,
genuine star delighting
his fans with a
from the limelight
not be missed...
During 60 years in show business Glen earned four Grammys, was voted Male Vocalist
of The Year and attracted countless fans from all over the world. In 1991 he
voiced the Elvis Presley sound-alike rooster Chanticleer in Rock-a-Doodle. Glen
was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, earning a Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2012.
Married four times latterly to Kimberly "Kim" Woollen in
1982 with five sons and three daughters, Glen was tragically
diagnosed with Alzheimer's and it became public knowledge in June 2011.
Stoically, Glen refused to hang up his cowboy boots and Stetson. He threw himself
into his work and began plans for a very special and ultimately exhausting schedule
of "Goodbye" tours across the US, Australia and Europe with more than 150 sell-out
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me highlights The Goodbye Tour. Glen's encouraging
wife and children feature in the film, speaking of their love and admiration
for him. Three of his children, Shannon, Cal and Ashley, have all toured with
their father before and making guest appearances are also many famous fans,
including Paul McCartney taking time out to drop in to say how much Glen is
Along with his supporting crew, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift,
Steve Martin, The Edge, Blake Shelton, Bill Clinton, Brad Paisley and Keith
Urban add words of affection and respect.
Glen's personality shines through. From the emotional diagnosis of Alzheimer's
throughout his subsequent performances as he works around the deterioration
of his health, Glen maintains a positive attitude and maintains his sense of
humour. A tragedy, yes, to lose a gifted performer to Alzheimer's; but what
a memorable "Goodbye".
When Glen cannot recall something, instead of making it a major issue he dismisses
it as unimportant; a great credit to the determined man that he is. A trouper,
Glen is amazing, using an autocue to prompt him as he struggles to remember
the lyrics of the songs he is to perform. A remarkable film, Glen Campbell:
I'll Be Me is a sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking and emotional
journey and a wonderful dedication to a multi-talented, genuine star delighting
his fans with a stunning, memorable exit from the limelight that should not
Glen's final show of the tour was on 20 November, 2012, and now, in 2016, his
eightieth year, we wish him well. The film was Directed by nominated for the
Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original song,
for I'm Not Gonna Miss You. A fabulous showcase of the music that defined
Glen Campbell's career.
The film is dedicated to the life and laughter of Steve Ozark and to those suffering
with Alzheimer's and the caregivers who lovingly serve them. Executive Producers
include Susan Disney Lord and Jane Seymour; Original Score is by Julian Raymond;
Cinematography is by Alex Exline; Produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach;
Directed by James Keach.
Campbell: I'll Be Me is released on DVD in the UK on 23 May 2016. Certificate:
E | Running Time: 115 Minutes Approx on One Disc | Catalogue Number: 166416
| RRP: £19.99.
"A remarkable film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me is a sometimes humorous,
sometimes heartbreaking and emotional journey and a wonderful dedication to
a multi-talented, genuine star delighting his fans with a stunning, memorable
exit from the limelight that should not be missed" Maggie
"As heartbreaking as it is uplifting… warm, funny, and full of the music that
defined a generation" Rolling Stone
"I'm not shackled by forgotten words…" Gentle On My Mind recorded
by Glen Campbell and others; written by John Hardford who died aged 63 after
a 21-year battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.