CMT pays tribute to Glen Campbell

The special features rare archival interviews

CMT pays homage to the life and legacy of music icon Glen Campbell in a 30-minute special called CMT Remembers Glen Campbell. The special premiered earlier today (August 10th) with encore presentations scheduled for Friday, August 11th at 7 pm and Saturday, August 12th at 8:30 am ET/PT.

Hosted by CMT’s Cody Alan and Katie Cook, the news special includes tributes from Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Reba, rare archival photos, interview and performances, as well as some of the best moments from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, featuring Johnny Cash, John Wayne, Carol Burnett, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and more.

“I still look at him as iconic, a superhero,” states Shelton.

Urban claims, “Glen was probably the first country artist I was inspired by.”

Reba says, “Glen was way over my hairspray in the way of range, talent and intensity of what he was singing about.”

In his final touching sit-down interview with CMT in 2011, Campbell and his wife Kim reflected on his life and his Alzheimer’s diagnosis:

“If you know you got it, live with it the best way you can,” remarked Campbell. “You don’t cry over spilled milk.” His sense of humor remained through it all: “I really like the situation I’m in because if I make a mistake now, they expect it,” he joked.

Campbell died on Tuesday, August 8th at the age of 81 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. In 2011, Campbell’s family bravely revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and embarked on a final Goodbye Tour that was documented in the award-winning documentary I’ll Be Me. His final album Adiós was released on June 9th on UMe, featuring 12 tracks that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston.”

Author: Buddy Iahn

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