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Rob Reiner Remembers Glen Campbell as 'the Coolest Guy'

Rob Reiner Remembers Glen Campbell as 'the Coolest Guy'
Musician and actor Glen Campbell passed away Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease and actor, filmmaker and writer Rob Reiner spoke to Billboard on his time working with the famed country star.

Reiner, along with comedian and musician Steve Martin, was a writer on The Summer Brothers Smothers Show, which starred Campbell and led to him getting his own show in 1969, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Below, Reiner reflects on working with Campbell, his laid-back attitude and his talent as a musician:

"First of all, for me, it was the dream come true. I was 21 years old and...
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Cmt to Pay Tribute to Glen Campbell With Special

Cmt will pay tribute to country music legend Glen Campbell on Thursday with the special Cmt Remembers Glen Campbell. The 30-minute program, which will premiere at 8:30 a.m. Et/Pt, will feature stars such as Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire paying homage to the "Wichita Lineman" singer, as well as rare archival footage, photos, performances and his final Cmt interview. 

The show will be hosted by Cmt's Cody Alan and Katie Cook, and it will feature some of the best moments from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, a series that ran on CBS from 1969-1972, with appearances from Johnny Cash,...
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Glen Campbell Remembrance: The Battle With CBS To Get Him The Smothers Brothers’ Summer Slot

Ken Fritz was a co-executive producer of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and was instrumental in getting The Summer Brothers Smothers Show (subsequently The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour) greenlighted as its summer replacement in 1969. But it wasn't easy, with CBS censors already nervous about the Smothers' brand of irreverent humor. In a guest column for Deadline a day after Campbell’s death, Fritz reveals how the censors finally relented: In the late '60s The Smothers Br…
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Entertainment News: ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Glen Campbell Dies at 81

Nashville – Glen Campbell had many acts in his long career – sought after session guitarist, singer, TV & movie star and country personality – but his greatest contribution to culture may be the 2011 public announcement of his Alzheimer’s disease, and the documentary about the condition, “I’ll Be Me.” Campbell died on August 8th, 2017. He was 81.

The amiable persona he built as a pop music star was amplified by his variety show “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” which ran on CBS-tv from 1969 to 1972. The show opened every week with his hit song “Gentle on My Mind,” and featured the good time personality of Campbell interacting with the guests and musical acts, which included an eclectic mix of artists like Ray Charles, The Monkees, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, The Righteous Brothers, Liza Minnelli and Tom Jones. And this was all before his signature song, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” became an unlikely number one hit in
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Glen Campbell Dead At Age 81

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Campbell and Wayne in True Grit.

Glen Campbell, one of the most popular voices in the history of country western music, has passed away at age 81. Since 2011 he had waged a valiant battle against Alzheimer's disease. He continued to perform even as the ailment took a toll on him physically and mentally. His experience was chronicled in the acclaimed 2014 documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me". Campbell hit his stride in the 1960s and became a popular country "crossover" artist who appealed to audiences that generally didn't patronize country western music. He sold 45 million records over the course of his career. The telegenic, squeaky-clean, nice guy image served Campbell well. He appealed to both young fans and older audiences and had a popular TV variety series, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" that ran between 1969-1972. Campbell's acting debut was a promising one. He co-starred opposite John Wayne in the Duke's 1969 Oscar-winning
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Glen Campbell Dies at 81

Glen Campbell Dies at 81
Rest in peace, Glen Campbell.

The legendary country singer died on Tuesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement on his website. He was 81.

Watch: Country Legend Glen Campbell Refuses to be Silenced by Alzheimer's

Campbell was best known for his 1975 hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy," but released more than 70 albums throughout his 50-year career. He won four GRAMMYs in the country and pop categories in 1976, and won Cma's Entertainer of the Year award in 1968.

Outside of the music world, Campbell will be remembered as an actor and TV host, as he starred in his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, on CBS from 1969-1972. He also starred in the 2014 documentary, I'll Be Me, which documented his farewell tour and struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim, and eight children.

"Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be," his daughter
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Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81

Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81
Country legend Glen Campbell, whose crossover hits “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” forged a lasting bridge between country and pop music, died Tuesday. He was 81.

In 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and mounted a well-publicized farewell tour. His official Twitter posted the news. His daughter, Ashley Campbell, also shared a heartfelt message about the news.

Campbell was hardly the first country artist to break out of the rural regional radio ghetto — the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves had produced several wide-appeal hits in the early ’60s — but his influence in expanding country music’s parameters and fanbase was substantial. His signature hits often combined orchestral arrangements and traditional pop hooks with countrified lyrical themes and vocal stylings, catalyzing both the “countrypolitan” and soft rock subgenres that would proliferate in the 1970s. (John Denver and Kenny Rogers both owe much of
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Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81

Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81
Country legend Glen Campbell, whose crossover hits “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” forged a lasting bridge between country and pop music, died Tuesday. He was 81.

In 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and mounted a well-publicized farewell tour. His official Twitter posted the news of his death. His daughter, Ashley Campbell, also shared a heartfelt message online.

Campbell was hardly the first country artist to break out of the rural regional radio ghetto — the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves had produced several wide-appeal hits in the early ’60s — but his influence in expanding country music’s parameters and fanbase was substantial. His signature hits often combined orchestral arrangements and traditional pop hooks with countrified lyrical themes and vocal stylings, catalyzing both the “countrypolitan” and soft rock subgenres that would proliferate in the 1970s. (John Denver and Kenny Rogers both owe much
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Glen Campbell Dead at 81

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Glen Campbell -- legendary country music singer best known for his 1975 hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy" -- has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's ... TMZ has learned. Campbell died Tuesday around 10 Am in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients ... according to a source close to his family. The musician released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career, and had a series of hits in the '60s and '70s including "Gentle on My Mind," "Wichita Lineman,
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Howard West, Producer and Longtime Manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Dies at 84

Howard West, Producer and Longtime Manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Dies at 84
Howard West, a producer and co-manager of Jerry Seinfeld with his longtime partner George Shapiro, has died. He was 84.

West died Dec. 3 at UCLA Medical Center following a massive stroke. He was a partner in management firm Shapiro/West and Associates with his friend from childhood in the Bronx.

West and Shapiro were key players in the launch of the NBC comedy series “Seinfeld,” which ran from 1989 to 1998, and served as exec producers on the show that remains a monster hit in syndication. In addition to Seinfeld, the duo also managed such comedy legends as Andy Kaufman.

More recently, Shapiro and West were involved in Seinfeld setting up his Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Howard was doing what he loved til the end,” Seinfeld said. “There’s nothing better.”

West and Shapiro became friends at the age of 8 after meeting on the playground in elementary school.

“I invited
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Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows

Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song,
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Not Shackled By Forgotten Words: CNN brings Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me to television

CNN presents the television debut of the feature-film documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Sunday at 9/8Ct. Glen Campbell’s music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents played his LPs on the weekends and gave me change to play “Wichita Lineman” and “Gentle On My Mind” on the jukebox at the local bowling alley and supper clubs. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was required family viewing — and a very good time, indeed. And as I got a little older, my friends and I bellowed Campbell’s crossover hits “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone … Continue reading →

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Film Review: Elegy for a Southern Boy in ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’

Chicago – Glen Campbell, the singer, actor and personality, is ingrained into a certain late 1960s/early ‘70s ethos. His sunny disposition and clean pop music rhetoric crossed over from country to the mainstream, and in that other era he could seriously call his television show “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.” Today, he fights a losing battle against Alzheimer’s Disease in the emotional documentary, “Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The title refers to an off-handed remark that Campbell makes, when he watching old home movies about his life. This is a memory test to exercise the shrinking portions of his brains due to the degenerative disease, and when Campbell assigns roles to the people in the films, he concludes “I’ll be me.” The film is often a frustrating document about Campbell’s journey, as the camera is privy to the most intimate sadnesses in living with the insidious disease.
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'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me' Film Helps Family Cope With Legend's Alzheimer's

'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me' Film Helps Family Cope With Legend's Alzheimer's
Any film about superstar entertainer Glen Campbell would, by its very nature, tend to be extraordinary. But Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, a film exploring the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease, which affects some five million Americans over the age of 65, including the 78-year-old singer, could have been a much trickier proposition. By putting the project in the capable hands of producer James Keach (who also produced the Oscar-winning 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line), however, Campbell's family has ensured that the conversation about the debilitating disease will continue and will,
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Film Review: ‘Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me’

Film Review: ‘Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me’
In 2011, while country crooner and legendary guitarist Glen Campbell prepared to tour in support of his latest album, his family revealed that he had received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Remarkably, the Campbells not only proceeded with a “Goodbye Tour,” but also allowed filmmaker James Keach to document the progression of Glen’s illness and its effect on their lives and work. “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” blends intimate and unflinching medical details, poignant performance footage and a survey of its subject’s place in musical history through well-chosen archival footage and interviews with other iconic performers. A limited release through U.S. distributor Area23a begins Oct. 24 and will expand in the weeks to come, while festival kudos at Nashville and Vancouver could spell more awards attention down the road.

Just as the “Goodbye Tour” repped the last chance for Campbell’s multitudes of fans to see him live,
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Comedian George Lindsey Dies

Comedian George Lindsey Dies
Character actor George Lindsey has died at the age of 83.

The comedian passed away in Nashville, Tennessee early on Sunday after battling a brief illness.

Lindsey shot to fame as the slow-witted Goober Beasley on U.S. TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. His character was soon renamed Goober Pyle and he became known for his hilariously bad impression of Cary Grant and his outrageous Goober Dance, keeping up the antics for the comedy's successor Mayberry R.F.D., which ran until 1971.

He went on to portray the same type of character for country music variety show Hee Haw, on which he starred until its cancellation in 1993.

Lindsey also landed roles on other small screen projects, including CHiPs, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, M*A*S*H, Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, while he used his vocal talent on animated Disney films like The Aristocats and Robin Hood.

Paying tribute to his old castmate, Andy Griffith says, "George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago... I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. 'I love you.'"

R.I.P. George Lindsey

George Lindsey, the Alabama native who played Goober on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry Rfd and Hee Haw, died early this morning in Nashville after a brief illness. He was 83. Goober was the cousin of the character Gomer Pyle played by Jim Nabors. Griffith issued a statement: “George Lindsey was my friend … Our last conversation was a few days ago … I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say `I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. `I love you’.” Best known as Goober, Lindsey had a long TV career that included roles in Gunsmoke, Mash, The Wonderful World of Disney, CHIPs, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Real McCoys, The Rifleman, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Twilight Zone. Movie roles included Cannonball Run II, Take This Job and Shove It
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Watch: Glen Campbell gets inked by Paul Westerberg in 'Ghost' video

The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg makes a rare appearance in Glen Campbell’s “Ghost On The Canvas.” What’s the connection you may wonder? Westerberg wrote the tune for Campbell for his new album of the same name. The set, likely to be Campbell’s last following his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, has received rave reviews, including mine. The video features Campbell playing live, often in front of a golden multi-layered orb that recalls the logo from Campbell’s variety TV show, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” Westerberg appears as a painter, who watches Campbell on TV (and plays the vinyl album on his turntable), as...
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