When Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, he wanted to be proactive.

He wanted to say goodbye to people on his terms. He wanted to say goodbye while he still could. He wanted people to remember him they way they knew him, instead of how he would become with such a terrible and heartbreaking disease.

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Backed by The Band Perry and Blake Shelton, Glen took the Grammy stage one last time in 2012 to say goodbye with a rousing rendition of his signature hit, “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Adorned in a white rhinestone jacket, black shirt and white bolo tie, Glen’s performance lifted the capacity crowd to their feet. Sheryl Crow and The Eagles’ Joe Walsh were dancing in the aisles, and Paul McCartney gave a fist pump at the end of the song.

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Glen Campbell passed away on Aug. 8, 2017. He was 81.

*Country star Glen Campbell, the ultimate Rhinestone Cowboy*

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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