Legendary Songwriter with Alzheimer’s Wins Grammy Award For His Final Epic Ballad!


Glen Campbell won the 2015 Grammy award for Best Country Song for his final ballad, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”  His wife attended the pre-telecast portion and accepted the award on his behalf, as Campbell was unable to attend. The legendary singer-songwriter has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for years, and has reached the sixth stage of the disease (“severe cognitive decline”) — he requires 24-hour care.

It has been nearly two years since Campbell has performed in public, but as a farewell to his music career, Campbell’s record label released “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” as a grand finale for his recording career. The melody is somber and contemplative, yet the lyrics show Campbell’s ability to find a self-deprecating irony in his disease. The result is a beautiful combination of sadness and joy, which ends much too quickly.

Watch the video to experience his touching ballad.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.
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