tv Glen Campbell... Ill Be Me CNN July 4, 2015 6:00pm-8:01pm PDT
>> announcer: on behalf of eli lilly and company, welcome to the special presentation of "glen campbell i'll be me." for nearly 140 years, lilly has been dedicated to making life better through our medicine. and for the last quarter century, we have been working to discover treatments for alzheimer's disease. we're making progress, but a breakthrough can't come soon enough. tonight we're proud to partner with cnn to bring you this powerful film.
>> ho's that with you? who are you holding? >> that is me. i don't know which one i'm holding. >> debbie, your oldest daughter. >> is that debbie? debbie. i forgot. well, who is he? >> come on, you know who that is. it's you, honey. >> oh. >> it's a movie about you. >> no kidding. i'll be me. >> who is that? >> that's billie. >> oh, it's my daughter. >> no. that's your second wife. >> billie. >> you were married for 15 years.
you had kelly, travis and cane. >> oh, really? who is that? >> that's your third wife, sara. and then you met me. >> she's a good-looking girl. and she still is. >> how many does this make now? >> that is six boys. i have six boys, two girls. >> each? >> yeah. replenish the earth it says. you know? >> yeah, but not one person. >> mrs. campbell, how does it feel to be the mother of one of the finest recording stars in the country? >> well, we're really proud of him and everything, but i'm still the same old carrie, still the same old thing. >> what kind of boy was glen, mr. campbell? >> he was just a good old country boy.
>> thank you so much. i guess i have a lot of people to thank for this, too. mainly folks in the cma and i'd like to thank tommy smothers for giving me a chance to do a good country summer show. >> he really brought country into the mainstream. >> the record he's got out is i guess one of the biggest records he's ever had. "rhinestone cowboy." somebody told me it's on the way to sell 2 million copies of one record. >> and strange enough, that's his first number one record. >> that's incredible. >> ladies and gentlemen, i'm glen campbell.
♪ >> in 1968, the entertainer of the year was glen campbell. >> were you a beach boy ever? could you sit in for brian wilson? >> i know i haven't changed, i don't think. like when you go back home, the people treat you so different. >> he grew up dirt poor in arkansas, learned music on a sears & roebuck guitar and became one of the biggest recording stars of all time. as a much sought after studio musician he recorded with everyone from frank sinatra to
elvis to the beach boys. >> if "true grit" is as successful as everyone says it's going to be, we may have something going. >> the rhinestone cowboy himself, mr. glen campbell. [ imitating donald duck ] >> people say, is there no end to this man's habits? >> there is no beginning. >> you know what the date is today? the month, day and year? what month do you think this is?
>> i don't know whaxt is it? let's go look. >> what time of the year? are we in winter, spring, summer or fall? >> i don't worry about those things. >> don't worry about that. >> all right. do you know the year? >> 1870, something like that. >> no, no, no, no, no. >> i don't pay any attention to those things. when it's needed, i take care of that. >> how old are you now? >> i don't know. how old am i? >> i was born in 1936. >> okay. >> 1949. >> 76. >> so you are 76 now. >> i know it. yeah, i'm 76. >> do you know where you are right now? what's the name of this place? >> i don't know. >> what kind of a place is this? where have you come? >> obviously i'm being analyzed for something. >> okay. so what kind of -- what is this?
is it a hospital/medical facility? that's what it is, okay, right. who was the first president of the united states? can you go back to your school years? who was the first president? >> my goodness, i don't know. i don't use that very much lately. >> i'd like you to try to remember four words, okay? i'm going to give you four words. you try to remember them now. >> if, and and but are my big ones. >> those are for later. those are later. try to remember these four words, okay? >> okay. >> apple. >> apple. >> mr. johnson. >> mr. johnson. >> charity. >> charity. >> and tunnel. >> and tunnel. >> can you give those back to me now? >> no. i have no use for it now. >> okay. >> i already passed it. >> they're gone already. okay. >> i can play guitar. >> you know how to do that.
>> i've done it a few times. >> i imagine so. i never -- >> that's good. >> two injections. >> two injections. >> same stuff? >> nope. it's actually different material. it will get taken up differently in the brain. >> oh. but my brain is so smart. i was so bright my daddy called me son. gullible for silly things. >> silly things? >> did they stick that in me? >> yeah. you've got a needle in there, but there's no tube to it yet. all right. now i'm going to have you just rest quietly in here, and in about 30 minutes i will come and get you then we will go for pictures. >> does that me you are knocking me out? >> no. i just want you to rest quietly in here. i'm going to turn the lights out. ♪ and i remember too a distant battle ♪
♪ and stars that fell out of the blue ♪ >> like the rain. >> huh? oh, the rain. >> stars that fell like the rain. ♪ and the rain out of the blue when my life is through ♪ ♪ and the angels >> i remember -- who are you singing? ♪ and the angels ask me who is calling ♪ ♪ i remember too you're the one who said i believe in you ♪ >> this is your brain. >> wow. >> it's like you're looking
straight at the camera. we're looking front on at the brain. this particular shot, we're looking at this region of the brain. >> oh. >> because that's the part of the brain, among others, that's involved with memory. >> that butterfly in there on purpose? >> the butterfly is sort of water space in the brain. like ventricles where the spinal fluid is, okay? so right in here is the structure called the hippocampus. and that's vital for memory. and unfortunately, in alzheimer's disease, it starts to shrink. we can see here on this m.r. scan that yours is smaller than it used to be. it used to occupy this whole space, but now it's considerably smaller. so this is what we would call atrophy. if we look at the bottom pictures here, the ones with the blue background, if the brain pattern was normal, it would be solid dark blue like this color in here. so things in that part of the brain are not working quite normally. >> hmm.
>> this indicates that in all likelihood your difficulties are due to alzheimer's disease. >> hmm. >> this is -- we are able to do that now. this is a fairly sophisticated new test now that tells us that that's the likely underlying cause. >> i figured that was just getting the ones out that i don't really want or need. >> trying to forget things you don't need anymore. >> yeah. >> trying to clear out the mind a bit. >> well, i do. i forget them. >> i knew it was alzheimer's, but it's more solidly in my mind now that i have to accept it. and it's really hard. but i just -- you know, i just have to maintain as long as i can and try to keep him healthy and happy.
first sympathy, empathy, but also, as a businessman, wow, what's this going to mean? what about the tour? is that going to be viable? >> we got the diagnosis of alzheimer's about the time this fabulous piece was released. and we need to deal with this properly. we need to go public with it. >> suffering with this disease that he had, if he didn't have the kind of pitch that he has, perfect pitch, if he was half the musician that he is, i don't think -- i don't know how he would pull this off. >> ready? this is what we're going to do. >> wait a minute. >> the new songs might be a little bit of a challenge because they are new and it's a little harder for him to learn new songs. but we're drilling them in his head every day. he is practicing with the lyrics.
>> that's one of our biggest problems. glen has become unrehearseble. any rehearsal is more like a sound check. he can't get through a song without stopping and trying to either tell somehow how to play their instrument or that they are playing too loud. >> wait a minute! >> what time is it? >> 4:00. you go on in 45 minutes. >> there's your coffee. i don't know how hot it is. >> today is glen's first television performance since the release of the new record and since the diagnosis of alzheimer's. >> see that little circle? it is very important that you don't go outside of that circle. >> the cameras. >> yeah. >> i'll stand where i want to. sing where i want to. you got it. ♪
>> what's your biggest fear about this show today? >> that he can't do it. my biggest fear. >> so what about the tour? >> it would be hard to continue to do things. >> my next guest is an american icon. he's won five grammy awards, seven academy of country music awards and three american music awards, sold over 50 million records worldwide. he recently went public with the fact that he'd been diagnosed with alzheimer's disease and he's written a final record as a tribute to his life. tonight he is joined by three of his kids to perform "ghost on the canvas." please welcome the legendary glen campbell. >> thank you. i am happy to be here.
♪ i've tried and i have failed lord ♪ ♪ i've won and i have lost ♪ i've lived and i have loved lord ♪ ♪ sometimes at such a cost but you know what? ♪ one thing that is unknown this old world has been good to me ♪ ♪ a better place awaits you'll see ♪ ♪ some days i'm in confusion my past gets in my way ♪ ♪ i need the ones i love lord
that was lovely. >> you are one of those guys that just impacted a lot of people. >> well, thank you. >> you know, it's just such a great song. just like the great american songbook, and you are part of it. thank you. >> you are okay. >> we love having you. you're always welcome. you have been here many times and anytime you want to come we are always here. thank you, my friend. >> thank you. god bless you. >> you have a beautiful family. congratulations. >> if that daughter wants to come back without you, that's fine. >> watch them all. put them to work. >> that's the way to do it. >> thank you so much. thanks you guys. >> oh, there's definitely some woo-woo in there. ♪ >> you know, when you do a major city like new york or l.a., then they are always important shows because all of the critics come and you want to put your best foot forward. >> maybe in his current state of
haziness when he connects to something that he's been doing for so long or just that brings him the most joy, i think that then he actually becomes himself again. >> it really is fun. the most incredible setup that i've ever been in with the kids and my wife and playing with the kids in the band. it just really is fun. >> it's not all bad necessarily. it's kind of like we get to celebrate his life while he's still around. you know, we don't have to -- some people we don't get to see the full picture of what their life has been until they are gone. with this illness, we know that the end is kind of near, at least like for his career, and kind of celebrate it and enjoy it with him still with us. it's actually kind of nice.
>> i think the decision to book a tour is incredibly courageous because, you know, inherent in there is the risk that he could kind of undermine people's respect for him or, you know, appreciation for him. who feel its effects.e let's walk together to make an even bigger impact and end alzheimer's for good.
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thank you. whew! thank you very much. god bless. i really appreciate it. ♪ cuz it's knowing that your door is always open and your path ♪ ♪ is free to walk that makes me tend to pull out -- ♪ what is that -- you have to have one of those things on me because i forgot everything i learned. i thought we had to sing. i forgot where a-flat was, man. have we got one? >> our teleprompter went out right at the top of the show, seriously. >> what? >> our teleprompter went out. >> oh, i was wondering where that was. has anybody here got everything -- what do you call it? >> hold on. hold on.
>> what? >> we're going to pull it up. okay. ready? >> okay. >> is it working? >> there we go, yay! ♪ just knowing that your door is always open and your path is free to walk ♪ ♪ that makes me ten to leave my sleeping bag rolled up and stashed behind your couch ♪ >> try a little kindness. you know, that thing has got this long guitar solo in it. well, he's reading the teleprompter because he's reading the teleprompter for pretty much every song. he is singing and he said, glen, play a long guitar solo here. okay. >> i'll play one, then.
kindness ♪ ♪ then you overlook the blindness ♪ ♪ of narrow-minded people on their narrow-minded streets ♪ ♪ all the narrow-minded people on their narrow-minded streets ♪ >> i don't know if the world knows what a great guitar player glen campbell is. they should. if you go back and watch his tv shows and listen to those records, you know. a lot of those records he played on the liner notes didn't say glen campbell played on those beach boys records. but he did. >> so many blessings tied up in this. think about what is doing on with glen and the gift he's giving and the gift he's receiving and how he's touching people's lives and how many people who are going through this with their family members feel so seen because he's opening up such a conversation.
>> that wasn't exactly the glen campbell that we had known, but i still was. >> okay so he wanted to sing it twice. who cares? let him sing it twice. he walked out there and sang his ass off. and the crowd just loved it. >> i sat there writing last night and i cried and i laughed. and i learned. he's still glen campbell.
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♪ i got a feeling called the blues ♪ traveling on the bus with the entire crew, the band, everybody, thank god we all like each other. >> makes me feel like family. we share holidays when we're out or whatever so it is a family vibe. they've accepted us, jill and myself, our son aaron. he and aaron get along really well. a lot of people think that aaron is possibly his grandson. actually just part of the road family. >> we have a strong relationship. we've been so long together he
barely even forgets me. the nickname he calls me is whistle britches now. >> why? >> it's the only name he remembers. ♪ nothing but the whole wide world to gain ♪ ♪ nothing nothing nothing but the whole wide world to gain ♪ ♪ nothing nothing ♪ got nothing but the whole wide whole wide world to gain ♪ ♪ i'm here on the blacktop sun in my eyes ♪ ♪ women and concrete on my mind ♪ ♪ both turn me up over the borderline ♪ ♪ there's no more love lost, no more gains, no more digging holes of praise ♪ ♪ nothing to lose but rivets nothing but the whole wide world to gain ♪ >> we did a show last night.
i'd like to have a diagram that showed where you were every second because you were all over the place. >> a little too busy. >> what? >> that's what betsy ross said when she finished the flag. is this too busy? ♪ no rich man's worth his weight in gold ♪ ♪ it bury them down the same as they do us ♪ >> okay that one's there. now we go over. this one goes here. how did you do yours so quickly? >> because i'm faster than you. >> we've got a different kind of shoe i think is what it is. >> every little thing affects glen in a big way. you know, with his teeth, he had a little something on his tooth so he asked for knives, has
anybody got a knife, anybody has a razor blade? he wants to stick things in his mouth. >> that's my earring. my earring is in his mouth as we speak. just obsesses over every little thing. >> i don't know who got that started. >> that you had ualzheimer's? >> it's a rumor. >> it's a rumor. >> he's always up. he's always up. even through his challenges and all that, he jokes around constantly. he's got more jokes than anybody i've ever met. and we just crack each other up all the time and just have a wonderful wonderful time. >> i have cried and i have laughed. laughing is a hell of a lot better. >> flex your muscles for me, honey. woo woo! are you kidding me? that's not a 75-year-old body. woo, just don't turn sideways. >> part of me was afraid that people were going to the show because they thought it was a
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a normal life. >> play the piano for me. open and close. >> i'm a guitar player. >> i can see. open and close your hands. come on. >> but we're still dealing with the little things every day that are so difficult for glen like, where's the bathroom in your own home? and every second is a challenge for him. >> so if i would start out by just asking you how you feel and how you think you're doing. >> i just thank the lord for giving me good -- what do you call it? >> pretty good health? >> yeah. there ain't nothing wrong with me. i can still jump as high but i can't stay up as long, though. >> his coordination seems pretty good? >> uh-huh. >> he's doing buttons or shaving, those sort of things? >> yeah, he's doing really well. >> what about the bathroom habit, is that under control? >> uh-huh. >> more or less? >> yeah. in fact, there were more problems with that a year ago. >> why? >> i remember.
so that resolved? >> it resolved. >> what? >> ilates pilates pilates pilat paelts pilates pilates pilates pilates getting disoriented in t middle of the night. >> when? >> about a year ago in our bedroom you would get up in the middle of the night and pee in the corner or in a hotel room and you would go to the bathroom. >> that is when i was drinking. >> no. there might be a trash can next to the toilet and you would pee in the trash can instead of the toilet. >> honey, i sleep walk is what that is called. i would. if i didn't trip over it was a good -- when i tripped over it, oh, good gosh. >> when is the last time glen performed before an audience? >> what? yesterday. when was that? >> i think it was saturday night. >> saturday night. where was it? >> you are going to be seeing me next. okay.
we were in pennsylvania. we were in morrisburg -- no, wait. >> yeah. >> shippensburg, pennsylvania. >> he's staying busy, huh. >> uh-huh. >> generally, would you say he is doing well? and enjoying -- >> very good. >> enjoying the -- >> he's loving it. >> enjoying the performance. >> really having a good time on stage. >> so there has been some decline, the way glen presents himself excellent. bright, alert, interacts well, communicates well. where i am surprised is how preserved glen is. how able he is to perform, how able she to communicate to -- aim -- able easy to communicate and interact. i think he's doing much better than most people. you are maintaining your intellectual activity because you are doing the stuff you love to do. and you're performing. >> that is true.
>> and i feel very confident that that's a large reason that you're doing as well as you're doing. because your memory did decline somewhat since i saw you the last time, that's the reason we are going to boost the dose of your areicept at this point and see if that helps. there is some data that suggests he may get a cognitive boost from a stronger dose. i would recommend that. >> may help your memory a little bit and your thinking. make you sharper. >> i have been trying to get rid of it the last 40 years. >> you are doing a good job. i definitely think there are parts of glen's life that he would like to foreget. i think that's why he had an alcohol problem when i first met him. i think he was drinking to forget the pain of divorces and maybe the guilt of the children that were involved in those divorces. he felt really bad he wasn't there to be a father for them.
>> i think today when you get a diagnosis like all time evers, it scares people. but if you just think of it like people used to think of it, before you even heard of alzheimer's, like, old grandpa is getting forgettable. >> right, starting to lose my memory a little bit. >> that's part of life, you know. >> i know. >> and you just go with it and have fun wichltd laugh at yourself. right? [ laughter ] ♪ close enough to touch ♪ ♪ but careful if you try
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>> you know, what is life? i mean, life is a -- is a journey of spiritual growth and accumulated moments and experiences. but it's memories. that's what life is. it's memories. that's all i have of my whole life is memories. ♪ by the time i get to phoenix she'll be rising ♪ by the time i get to phoenix, galveston, wichita lineman, all these songs of his that i loved, glen's voice, glen's voice got to me. there's a real -- it's a high lonesome tonality about the way he sings, but there's a cry in
his voice that just -- it totally affected me. i really wished i could sing like that when i was younger. ♪ i am a lineman for the county and i drive the main roads ♪ >> i grew up singing them. i sang so many of them over the years. you had to. you covered those growing up where i did. ♪ i hear you singing in the wires ♪ >> we always kind of fight for respect a little bit as country players. and here is a guy that played on these records that he could stand toe to toe with anybody. ♪ >> there are so many sides of glen people either don't know or have forgotten. they sort of -- so many people know him as the rhinestone cowboy guy or whatever song they
might attach to glen. and then you start going back into the early part of his career and you find this incredible session player, and then you find a guy who was hosting one of the most popular tv shows at the time. i mean, and it goes on and on and on as an extraordinarily talented, diverse human being. >> from television city in hollywood, ladies and gentlemen, glen campbell. >> well, i was a young writer on "the glen campbell good time hour." and we all just immediately admired his talent. ♪ he just went along with it. he was completely game and completely fun. and he had kind of a down home sense of humor. ♪ my home is on my back
♪ i know every inch of highway every back road every mile of railroad track ♪ >> it was just such an incredible treat for us young writers to be introduced to talent at that level at such a young age. >> i haven't figured out what the -- what is that? i can't remember what it is. >> it's a lifetime achievement award. >> lifetime -- you reckon -- >> right. >> lifetime? >> yeah. >> well, hey, i ain't done yet. >> yeah. >> tell them that. >> glen campbell is such an important part of our family. my dad was working for an independent book and record promoter back in the day. through the years, they became really good friends and around '67, '68, my dad went
independent. >> glen said, hey, we want to put you on retainer, if we have a hit, we'll be with you forever. there were times where the only check that month was from glen campbell. so that will always mean the world to me. ♪ >> huge venue television audience, television cameras. a band twice as big. it might be off putting. >> one, two, three -- ♪ ♪ summer night >> man, what a cool -- what a cool entertainer, man, just everything that i'm trying to be with music and now somehow television and stuff, glen campbell was the inventor of that for country music in my eyes, you know?
>> it's a big deal to come and sing this for him? >> big deal to -- you know, it's a big deal to sing it for him. it's a way bigger deal for me to sing it with him. i mean, i think when my career is over, one of these days, that this is going to be one of those moments i look back at and point at as one of the high points, you know? >> beautiful singing voice, that pure tone. and the simple presentation. he was never fancy, he wasn't singing all over the place. it was simple on the surface, but there was a world of emotion underneath. >> i always felt like he was just like the major leagues, five tool player, you know? he could act. he was good look. he could play guitar. and he sing. he could write a song. you kind of hated him a little bit for that. >> how do you feel about playing tonight? >> wonderful. am i playing tonight? >> 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. not just on the radio, but in movies and tv, too. last year, glen announced that he was facing alzheimer's disease and he would cap his brilliant career with one more album and a farewell tour. >> teleprompter is way out in the middle of the room. >> what? >> teleprompter. >> in where? >> tonight when you sing. it's way out in the middle of the room. >> oh, really? >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the great glen campbell, everybody. ♪ i've been walking these streets so long singing some good old song ♪ ♪ i know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of broadway ♪
thank you. ♪ you know where hustle is the name of the game and nice guys got runned over by the cloak in the rain ♪ ♪ there's been a load of compromising on the road to my horizon ♪ ♪ but i'm gonna be where the lights are shining on me ♪ ♪ like a rhinestone cowboy getting cards and letters from people i don't even know ♪ ♪ and offers comings over the phone ♪ ♪ like a rhinestone cowboy and cow girl ♪
thank y'all. thank y'all! thank y'all so much. where do i go? do i go somewhere or shut up? >> i was -- i was rocking to "rhinestone cowboy." rhinestone cowboy! so cool. >> thank you. >> so good. i just have to come and tell you i love you. that's all. >> well, god bless you, man. i really appreciate it. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [music]
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do you like it black? >> yesterday, we went to the doctor and the dentist and he probably asked me 40 or 50 times where we're going. and i tell him, and probably 15, 20 seconds, 30 seconds later, he asked me again. >> coffee. >> hey, baby, here's your coffee. >> my coffee. >> he likes to drink out of a big cup. >> good morning, glen campbell. >> a big cup. >> you see that? >> yeah. >> grammy. >> i know. >> there is a point now i have to help him with the club. i'll tell him what yardage sichlt going back a couple months ago, i would tell him the yardage and he would pick a club out. now he just stares at the clubs most of the time and i have to pick a club out for him. but the good news is, he doesn't care too much. if he hits a bad shot, then he will forget what shot he hit, whether it was good or bad.
most of the time we say good shot. >> look at that. >> good shot, glen. >> unfortunately, alzheimer's attacks all parts of brain and we would expect musical skills along with other intellectual skills to decline over the course of alzheimer's disease. ultimately what happens is that the patients no longer have the cognitive capacity to understand what is being spoken to them. as things get worse, they start to forget the names of family members. they become confused about family and social relationships. as things really deteriorate, language function can be profoundly impaired. the patients have difficulty expressing themselves. on occasion, patients, when they progress develop hallucinations or delusions and unfortunately glen is entering a
stage where his cognition is getting worse. how is it possible that he could be so able in his musical skills? >> in glen's case, he still has such a developed music area in his brain that he's able to pull it off. and entertain the public. somehow, that musical skill, that musical talent, if it's activated, can have a spreading effect and help their function globally in terms of their intellect. >> singing is a lot better than golfing. >> let's see. >> i want some shorts out of this. >> that's outdoor furniture fabric. >> well, i don't care. i know what it is. it would be glen campbell fabric when i wanted it. >> yeah? >> that's right. >> i'm doing eggs. do you want a couple of eggs.
>> yeah. >> that's cool, honey. >> is that too busy? >> all right. so you want some shorts out of that, huh? >> yeah. i'd like to have some shorts out of that. >> well, i may be tempted to sit on you on the patio. okay. when we went to dr. coleman's office, he said i'm going the double his aeracept and i think that might give him a boost. well, it did in a different area. it was like giving him viagra four times a day. he just would not leave me alone. so i called dr. cohen and he said, well, go back to the original dose. so we did. but we've been experimenting with, you know, things to deal with that libido, too. i don't know what's going on in that brain, but depending on how you look -- look at it, i guess, there's an upside to alzheimer's. >> with alzheimer's, i think
that's probably one of the worst things that people that have that, you know? and i think if we can -- if we can actually do -- get it out, what is wrong with that stuff, it's like it's just -- it would be a -- what an incredible blessing that would be if we could get -- get people to understand that and help the people who are, who do have alzheimer's. i think that would just be one of the greatest things in the world if that could happen. >> that came from your heart. that was you saying it, talking about it. do you ever get the blues? >> yeah. i do. >> we're going to the first floor.
>> guesstimates are by 2050, the number will rise from 36 million globally to 115 million alzheimer's patients around the globe. we're doing more for alzheimer's disease is so inspiring. >> last we are we spent $140 billion on alzheimer's patients. and by the time all the baby boomers have retired, it's 15 or 16 million, which would raise the total cost up to $600 billion, which would be the same as the defense budget this year. >> the more the company public is aware, and it's just a decision that we have to make, the better off and the healthier america will be especially in terms of alzheimer's. so we could not be better served than glen cam bechl i mean getting on the stage and singing, that must be fun. right? coming to congressional offices -- [ laughter ] that's really generous. >> do you know where your playing tonight?
where are you playing? >> the library of congress. >> that's right. >> you know, by the time i became governor in the late '70s, he was already a major figure in american music. and i knew that he was from the delight, which is close to where i grew up. he has brought a clarity to this issue. we don't spend nearly enough money on alzheimer's research. we don't really have any way of slowing the progression of the disease. it's going to be a massive problem and we just need to get a big majority of the congress on board with the idea that the federal research dollars are essential in the biomedical areas. they just are. you can't possibly get anything approaching the level investment you need on a problem this big.
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>> an emotional moment in washington today where ashley campbell told senators what alzheimer's is doing to her father. that's because she happens to be the daughter of the legendary singer, glen campbell. >> i think a person's life is comprised of memories and that's exactly what this disease takes away from you. like a memory of my dad taking me fishing in flagstaff when i was a little girl. or play ing banjo with my dad while he plays guitar. now when i play banjo with my dad, it's getting harder for him to follow along. and it's getting harder for him to recall my name. it's hard to come to the
realization that some day my dad might look at me and i would be absolutely nothing to him. >> what are you doing? boo. count. ♪ 4 years old when you went upstairs to your bed ♪ ♪ thunder rolls and i threw the cover over my head ♪ ♪ you say it's just a storm enjoy the show ♪ ♪ you take me to the window and you show me that it's beautiful ♪ ♪ never had to ask you to sing for me it's just the way you put me at ease ♪
♪ bone for bone we are the same ♪ ♪ bones get tired and they can't carry all the weight ♪ ♪ we can talk until you can't even remember my name ♪ ♪ ♪ daddy, don't you worry, i'll do the remembering ♪ ♪ ♪ daddy, don't you worry i'll do the remembering ♪ >> look here at daddy. say okey dokey papa. >> okey dokey. >> papa. >> papa. >> are you asking me? >> yeah. >> cal. our first child. cal. you're supposed to be saying it. >> you want to know who is the second of our children? >> yeah. just go right now. >> cal. shannon.
and -- >> what? >> cal, shannon and -- our daughter. ashley. ashley. >> say i'm 5 1/2 months old. >> most of the time, say, son, he'll call everybody son. >> who is this, your dad? >> i have -- it was a long time ago. he called everybody son. hey, son. the guy. >> your dad, your grandpa? who? >> no, no, from -- in nashville. hey, haas. and i went to whatever that is and with him and -- >> i think i cried the first week. it got me. it still does. so this was a man, my hero.
had a mind like a steel trap. and to see him to the point that he can't remember my name, that got me. >> my father-in-law passed away from alzheimer's. we were like this. so i've seen it until every -- every stage, from that first day when suddenly somebody looks at something and goes, you know, what's this? and it's a lock and they don't -- you know, and then to where it snows overnight and how did that get here? what is that? >> my father passed away when he was 70. he was young. yeah. he was just 70 years old. the part of the brain that was affected at first was, you know, this is a white cup, but he couldn't say it's a white cup. he would say, maybe, it's a black cup or he couldn't get it out.
and it really frustrated him. >> my mom didn't -- it didn't happen that way with her. but we did watch her go backwards through her life. one night the was time to go to bed and my dad was in the king sized bed on one side. and she was just like, oh, no, there's a man in there. my parents, they would never go for this. are you kidding me? i'm not going in there. >> i had a grandmother who is in a nursing home now, doesn't know me. her mother died in a nursing home and didn't know her. >> it affects people differently. you know, it's not like one, oh, that's what it is. when it comes to the brain, different parts of the brain, the memory loss, it's motor skills. >> at first, it would make me angry because he would not listen to me. don't do that. that's not polite. don't lick your plate. here, take a piece of bread. leave me alone.
he would fight me about it. >> i'm telling you, that's good, boy. wow. >> i would get angry and take my plate and i would go eat in the pantry on a little stool by myself. because i refused to look at him that way. >> my mom couldn't have a conversation even though she still knew me. we would sit on the couch and watch tv and i would sit with her feet in my lap and pray. i would just pray for grace. >> but i think that's just part of my defense mechanism. i do not want to see him being an invalid. i don't want to see him degenerating, you know? i don't want to see glenn in that condition, you know? i think -- i think it's better to die from something else. >> my mother is young enough, she's in her 60s now, but she's young enough that we don't have
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>> we were raised in a very religious household. my parents are both very strong believers. and, like, every time i would go out of the house, he would say something along the lines of you be good and honor the lord. >> i know god is always with us. and god allows things to happen for whatever reasons we don't understand his ways. god has always been what's given me strength to face each day. i just trust in him for the rest of our -- our journey. the bible says a merry heart works like a good medicine. and bitterness is like drying us to the bones. so it's just healthy all the way around to keep a merry heart. you'll be healthy and not just to fight alzheimer's but to fight anything you're up against, if you could keep a good sense of humor. >> got to get you in and out of the shower for the show. you have got a show to do.
>> yeah. >> got to get you in and out of the shower. >> yeah, yeah, let's go. >> i've dpob done this. >> no, you haven't. >> i've been through this. >> nope. nope. it's really hard to get him to take a shower. because he's always cold. i always say he's like king david. king david in the bible in his older years, he just could not stay warm. so they got him a young virgin to sleep with him. but that's not happening. so -- >> chancy, look what's down. >> did you find something to get it? >> if everybody will leave you alone. >> i ain't bothering you. but i will. >> i'll leave you one. just one. >> you leave me one. >> here.
>> what you need to do is go to the dentist down the street and have him fix it. >> no. and i ain't gonna do it, either. i don't want to -- there. >> so those things are frustrating for me because i try to help him. but there's just something in his mind that i'm not doing right and he can't do it and he gets frustrated. and then he gets angry. >> i'm telling you, man -- >> you just had a knife in your mouth on the bus a few minutes ago. >> i did not! >> yes, you did. >> don't blame no nothing. if i did, i would have had it done by now. i can move it with my tongue. i just can't pull it out, and it's driving me nuts! >> okay. >> you -- you don't know understand. you can see it, can you? >> yes. >> look. i know where it is. >> i know. >> he went upstairs and my mom went upstairs with him and he wouldn't let it go. all of a sudden, he just dropped
it. and he came back downstairs a couple minutes later, and he goes, when did you get here? hi, honey. how are you? and he hugged me and he was lovey dovey and he's like, boy, i'm tired. i'm going to go to bed. man, it's like forgiveness without reconciliation. okay. so what are their names? >> my son, you -- >> and what's my name? >> my wife. you're my darling. >> this is not a fun illness. it's a really challenging illness for people to deal with on, you know, every moment of their life. he can't find the bathroom in his own house. and the other night, he -- he
came to bed in the middle of the night. the light was shining on the white bed, but down on the floor beneath, he would not walk over there because he said there was a hole. and i said, no, no, trust me, you can walk over here. just keep coming, you know? every day is a challenge for me. i fight depression and it's -- it's just, you know, really intensely sad to see somebody you love struggle. because generally he clings to me like i'm his anchor for who am i, where am i? i'm his safety blanket that he wants me around all the time. okay, sweetheart, i promise we'll get -- we'll find them all. we'll get them back on the bed where you left them. >> what? >> they're right there. they're right next to the bed.
now, if you go on -- on all the websites about alzheimer's, this is very typical. they become paranoid and they think people are stealing from them. >> he's had them for -- i got two -- >> that was a scary day with the golf clubs. he had become really agitated and was accusing daunte of stealing his clubs. >> where is he? >> it makes me hurt for him to see him so frustrated and just to see what's happening to him. >> i love you. >> i love you, honey. >> i know you do, baby. but i sure -- i sure love you. you're sure being nice to me. >> i love you. >> i'm really a [ expletive ]. this last half of a week.
>> the frequency of bad shows had begun to increase. and we wanted to end on a high note. >> napa is the lasten calendar date of the tour. so we don't know. this could be it. >> could be it. >> of all the shows that he's played, he's played thousands and thousands of shows. i thought, man, it's so sad that he -- he doesn't know this is his last show. >> before, it was does he want to do it? now we've reached a point where i think he's unable to do it. he's not capable of pulling it off now. >> he's got to have a jacket to match his hat. the camouflage one. >> awesome. >> like the way his memories are, it's dimming and this whole thing is coming to an end, but it won't be like fireworks going off and everything else.
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as long as i've been around, i'm happy to be anywhere. but to come here and then play this, it makes my hair itch. it really does. you know when your hair raises up. did you ever have that happen and it just -- oh! snoets it's knowing in a your door is always open and your path is free to walk ♪ ♪ that makes me tend to leave my sleeping back road up and stash behind your couch ♪ ♪ yeah! ♪ i just not knowing that the world keeps a -- hey, who's running this thing? i can sing better. okay. ♪ ♪ that you are moving on the back roads by the rivers of my memories ♪ ♪ and for hours you are just gentle on my mind ♪
♪ ♪ way too much -- ♪ too thin. way too thin. ♪ >> that was a really difficult day. it was a difficult leading up to the show. it was really stressful and difficult. that night was really, really, really, really hard. you know? and we just knew. we just knew, this is it. we were going home for the christmas break and that we were not going to add more -- more shows after that. >> the entire time, the audience was completely with him even though like from my point of view half of it was a train wreck. you know? once again i just -- you let go. it's out of your control. you know? ♪ ♪ ♪ feels so good friends, life
thank you all so much. you all are just awesome. >> i know there may be people who don't understand why we've gone out on tour and why we've opened ourselves up and expose thds illness so publicly, why we've allowed a loved one to -- to go on stage and take a risk of -- you know, he could make a fool out of himself on stage. but it's something that he wanted to do. and it's something that we think is healthy for him. and it's been worth the risk because he's done a great job. and he's still glen campbell. and he's trying to live his life as long as he can to its fullest. we haven't let it go to the point where he is going to embarrass himself or anyone. and the fans have been so supportive, we've been listening to them, too. they -- they want him out there. they want to hear his music.
and they don't care if he messes up. you know, they love him. and he loves them. so we've tried to do it as long as we can. >> it's still happened enough times where at least everyone felt good about the decision to end the tour officially. >> the fact that you can still have the moments with him, you know, you can't really beat that. and just cherish every moment. >> i'll never forget. it was the best time of my life.
♪ ♪ the man that loves you til the end. >> nice. top again. >> it's gotten to the point where he doesn't know what we're talking about. doesn't matter what the conversation is, he just goss not understand. but he understands music. i think with glen, music is the last thing to go. it's the most deeply embed thing in his memory, in his soul and spirit. >> okay. i like it. >> to me, that's -- glen is returning, you know, just kind of something in his spirit in the twinkle of his eye and the way he enjoys the music just reminds me of the way he really is. the way he was when i met him. i'm still here but yet i'm gone. >> i'm still here with --
>> i think we've got it howard. >> no, we're good. >> we are good. we got the line we need. let's go learn the chorus. >> all right, guys, you want to play? >> uh-huh. >> okay. same tune? >> yeah. same tune. ♪ i'm still here, but yet i'm gone ♪ ♪ ♪ i don't play guitar or sing my song ♪ ♪ they never defined who i am ♪ the man that loves you till
>> how is the alzheimer's coming along, glen? >> how is the what is? >> alzheimer's. >> oh, that's fine, yeah. i gave them a left hook. i just -- it's nothing wrong with me. i just can't remember anything. no, i've been a lot better. it don't -- it don't bother me. something you've got to live with. but it's been really wonderful. actually, hasn't it, lonnie? >> uh-huh. >> you are doing a great thing by doing this film. >> well, if i did, thank you. thank you for it. you're -- i'm glad i run into you. or you run into me. i don't know what -- ♪
earliest features of the disease, and also determine who might be at risk of alzheimer's disease even before the development of symptoms. research is underway to develop treatments that may alter the progression of this devastating disease and consequently early identification is of paramount importance. as therapies are developed, the sooner we intervene, the more likely we are to be successful at treating and ultimately preventing alzheimer's disease. i'd like to thank you for watching the film and appreciate your support in the quest to conquer alzheimer's disease. >> i think a person's life is comprised of memories. and that's exactly what this disease takes away from you. it's hard to come to the realization that some day my dad might look at me and i wille
absolutely nothing to him. >> a lot of times when the movie is over, people ask what can i do? what are we going to do now? as film makers, that's what we asked ourselves. and in honor of glen and in the spirit of film, we've launched the i'll be me alzheimer's fund in partnership with the volunteers of america. our goal is to restore the spirit of the caregiver. that's one. we're going to try and raise money to fine a cure. and we're going to also create events like tonight, films, and concerts to raise money for those in need. >> i knew it was all timer's. but it's more solidly in my mind now that i have to accept it. and it's -- it's really hard. but i -- i just -- you know, i
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