It’s hard to believe that it’s been two weeks since country music lost one of its most important figures, Glen Campbell, to Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, we’ve heard many artists share their memories and record musical tributes to the singer, songwriter, musician and actor. But for Tanya Tucker, Glen was more than just a fellow country star, so she’s doing more than just recording a tribute. She’s helping find a cure.
Tanya has co-written the song “Forever Loving You” with Michael Lynn Rogers and Tennessee State Senator Rusty Crowe, and the lyrics of the song sound as if they are telling the story of her young romance with Glen.
Glen and Tanya were in a tumultuous relationship, hounded by the media in the early 1980s. During a “Today” show appearance, where she performed the song, Tanya said, “It was a time when I was very young. It was the greatest love of my life, but it was very stormy.”
But Tanya isn’t focusing on the negative. She’s remembering her former love for what he offered musically and personally. “He was one of the greatest entertainers, singers of all time, but really what’s most important to me is he was the most giving person I know,” she says.
That’s why she and her co-writers are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of “Forever Loving You” to Alzheimer’s research.
Senator Crowe was part of legislation that protects communication rights for people who have become wards of the state and those who have conservators over their financial and living situations.
Several years ago, Tanya tearfully told “Entertainment Tonight” that she had asked to see Glen before he passed to tell him goodbye. As she blotted her tears, she said, “I don’t like crying, but every once in a while … he’s worth it.”
GA year later, she and Glen were reunited via FaceTime by his oldest daughter, Debby.