Over the course of his prolific career, Glen Campbell wrote and recorded scores of great songs. “Gentle on My Mind” was one of his signature hits, even though he didn’t write it. “Gentle On My Mind” was originally written and performed by John Hartford, who has said the inspiration came from watching the movie Dr. Zhavigo. When Campbell heard it on the radio, he immediately fell in love with it.
Campbell’s rendition of the song was an immediate success, and he went on to win two Grammy awards for it in 1968. A recent cover of the song by The Band Perry also garnered them a Grammy win in 2015.
In this clip from an old TNN special, Campbell performs “Gentle on My Mind” to a room of country music legends, including Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and more. Just watch the look on their faces when he hits the guitar break.
Saturday (April 22) marks the 81st birthday of the legendary musician. Today, the singer is battling a disease that has taken his ability to sing and play guitar.
Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 and is currently in late stages of the disease. He has been readmitted to a long-term care facility after spending some time at home being cared for by his family.
In honor of Campbell’s battle, his wife Kim and director James Keach have established the I’ll Be Me Alzheimer’s Fund.
Campbell saw much success in his 50-year career by charting in multiple genres. He’s released over 70 albums and has sold more than 45 million records. He will always be remembered for the greatness he gave to music.