LISTEN: Glen Campbell Shares First Single From His Final Album
Country music icon Glen Campbell’s last album, aptly titled Adiós, will be released on June 9.
The singer, who turns 81 on April 22, is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s.
“Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011,” his longtime wife Kim wrote in the album’s liner notes.
“A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.”
The Nashville recording sessions were “heartbreaking at times,” according to Kim, because Campbell’s dementia made it difficult for him to remember lyrics.
The 12-song collection opens with a cover of Harry Nilsson’s 1968 song “Everybody’s Talkin’” and includes a version of Willie Nelson’s 1962 tune “Funny How Time Slips Away” featuring Nelson himself.
Vince Gill lends his voice to “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me).”
“What you’re hearing,” Kim wrote, “is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised and entertained them for decades — giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans.”
Campbell’s last Canadian concert was on Aug. 31, 2011 at the CNE in Toronto. It kicked off his Goodbye Tour.
Listen to the first song on Adiós here: