Glen Campbell received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malibu Music Awards and I couldn’t wait to see him. For this occasion, I decided to wear a lace La Perla body suit with a pair of capris I bought in Sweden. My accessories were a pair of Andrea Phister heels and a special necklace my husband, Jered, gave me on the Island of Lanai. The ride to Malibu was a breeze. After a tedious 3 1/2 hours of dolling out dozens trophies to community entertainers, an act called Victoria Ghost stepped on the stage. They announced they were the ‘Campbell Kids’, a cute girl playing mandolin and banjo, her brother on guitar and a friend on stand-up bass. The crowd loved them and asked for more. Then Glen’s daughter caught sight of him standing at the edge of the stage and called to him “Daddy, want to play dueling banjos?” He walked on stage and I began to weep. I could tell that his Alzheimers was, in fact, degenerating his ability to sing Gentle On My Mind. Without his daughter helping to orient him to the song, he would have been at a loss. But, oh those fingers moved like lightening on his fret board.
Reuniting with Glen backstage left me trembling with joy. He was happy to see me and gave both my husband and I a generous hug. Glen and I first met in 1961 when we both recorded for Crest Records and Publishing. He played guitar on my record Hands Off (1962) and was part of The Wrecking Crew on many of my other recordings. We also worked together on many Shindig shows when we were both cast members.