GLEN CAMPBELL: Dead at 81
Glen Campbell died today (Tuesday) at age 81. He was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Glen Campbell was born April 22nd, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas.
- His early career was spent as a session guitarist in the Wrecking Crew, playing on tracks for Frank Sinatra, The Mamas and the Papas and The Beach Boys.
- Campbell’s hits “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston” crossed over from country to mainstream pop charts.
- His TV variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, put him in American living rooms from 1968 to 1972.
- Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
- He won nine Grammys (plus Lifetime Achievement recognition), nine Academy of Country Music awards, three AMAs and two Country Music Association awards.
- Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in June 2011.
- He was the subject of a bittersweet 2014 documentary called I'll Be Me.
Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22nd, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas, the seventh of 12 children. He started learning guitar at age four and dropped out of school at age 16 to play music professionally. He joined his uncle’s Dick Bills Band in 1954 before forming his own group, Glen Campbell and the Western Wranglers, in 1958. Campbell was also briefly a member of The Champs -- known for the instrumental hit “Tequila” -- in 1959.
Campbell was part of The Wrecking Crew session gang in Los Angeles and did a lot of work in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, recording with Frank Sinatra, The Mamas and the Papas, Bobby Darin and Merle Haggard. In 1965 and ’66, Campbell toured in place of Brian Wilson with The Beach Boys, and he played guitar on the group’s Pet Soundsalbum.
In 1967, Campbell established himself as a solo artist with a Grammy-winning version of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind.” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston” -- all by songwriter Jimmy Webb -- kept Campbell high up on the country charts through the end of the ‘60s.
Many people will remember Campbell most fondly as host of the television variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1968 to 1972. But he also tried his luck on the big screen, co-starring with John Wayne in the 1969 western True Grit.
Campbell topped the country charts in 1975 with “Rhinestone Cowboy” and in 1977 with 1977’s “Southern Nights.” During the ‘80s, despite marital problems and drug addiction, Campbell still scored a number of Top 10 hits. He turned to Christianity in the ‘90s and released several gospel albums. He published Rhinestone Cowboy: An Autobiography in 1994.
In June 2011, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (He checked into an Alzheimer's care and treatment facility in April 2014.)
Campbell went on a final Goodbye Tour in 2012 with three of his children in his backup band. His last show was on November 20th, 2012 in Napa, California. The shows were documented in a 2014 film, I'll Be Me, which won a Grammy and received an Oscar nomination.
Glen Campbell is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians’ Hall of Fame, and his awards include eight Grammys, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and a Golden Globe nomination. He had 12 gold albums, four platinums and the 1968 double-platinum album Wichita Linemen.
His last studio album, Adiós, was released earlier this year.
Glen leaves behind his fourth wife, Kim, and seven children.
BONUS VIDEO: Carpool Karaoke Series Premieres With Will Smith
Will Smith rode shotgun and joined James Corden for the premiere episode of Apple Music's new Carpool Karaoke: The Series.
The duo teamed up on Smith's biggest hits and Corden surprised Smith with a marching band accompaniment on "Gettin Jiggy Wit’ It." A six-minute preview was released to YouTube. To get the full episode, you need to subscribe to Apple Music. Two new episodes will be released each week and include appearances by John Legend, Alicia Keys, Metallica, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba.
DAY TWO: DJ David Mueller Testifies
The so-called Trial of the Decade is underway between Taylor Swift and former radio host David Mueller.
The attorneys made their opening statements. Taylor Swift’s team said she’s serving as a role model to women: Name the perpetrators of outrageous and humiliating acts.
Mueller’s team alleges that Taylor blamed the wrong guy who grabbed her bottom. He’s been falsely accused of sexual assault, which should never be tolerated.
The first witness, out of the gate, was David Mueller. He claimed (quote) “My hand came into contact with a part of Taylor’s body. I felt what seemed to be a rib cage or ribs.”
Previously, judge “sanctioned” Mueller for destroying key evidence on five electronic devices. He'd secretly recorded a meeting with the boss the day before his firing. Under oath Mueller said the audio was destroyed because he spilled coffee on his MacBook, water on another computer, and “accidentally smashed an iPad.”
Taylor’s attorneys accused Mueller of changing his story about the incident seven times. Those lost recordings allegedly reveal him admitting to the butt grab, though it was “incidental.” (Denver Post)
Selena Gomez Aims for Oscar With Woody Allen
Legendary filmmaker Woody Allen has had a hand in 12 Academy Awards, either for himself or brilliant actors like Cate Blanchett, Diane Keaton and Penelope Cruz.
Selena Gomez hopes some Woody’s good fortune rubs off on her. She’s joined the cast of his next movie along with Elle Fanning.
Selena’s already busy behind the camera producing the second season of 13 Reasons Why. She’ll also voice the third installment of Hotel Transylvania. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Amber Heard Explains Relationship Status
Amber Heard confirmed that she’s single.
Billionaire Elon Musk dumped her last week. Sources said he came to realize that she was selfish and manipulative. The same thing Johnny Depp complained about, but after he married Amber and then she took him for millions.
On Instagram yesterday, Amber updated her relationship status. (quote) “Although we have broken up, Elon and I care deeply for one another and remain close. Thank you for the continued support, respect, and privacy during these difficult, very human times.”
On Monday, Elon left a comment on one of Amber’s Instagrams. He justified leaving her. (quote) “Long distance relationship when both partners have intense work obligations are always difficult.” (Entertainment Tonight)
KESHA: Dr. Luke Probably Profits From Her Album
This week, Kesha releases her first album in five years.
Her legal nemesis, music producer Dr. Luke, probably gets a cut of the record sales. However, Sony Music isn't talking about Dr. Luke, nor if he has a stake in Kesha’s album called Rainbow.
When Kesha was only 18 years old, she signed with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records under the Sony Music label. She’s accused Dr. Luke of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. But the courts have upheld the contracts she signed with Kemosabe.
Bottom line, Kesha’s alleged abuser will probably profit if the Rainbow album is a success. (Vulture)
USHER: Insurance Company Wants Out
Usher's insurance company isn't planning to foot the bill for the $20 million herpes lawsuit the Grammy-winner is facing.
New York Marine and General Insurance Company filed docs referencing the case filed in Georgia by Jane Doe, who claimed Usher gave her herpes after the two had sex at least twice this year. The insurer points out a clause in the singer's policy that excludes coverage for "bodily injury ... arising out of the transmission of any communicable diseases by [Usher]."
Usher's insurer says it will pay for his defense in the Georgia lawsuit for now. But if the court agrees with its interpretation of Usher's policy, it's not only bailing on him, but will also expect a refund for any money forked out for his defense.
WIZ KHALIFA, AMBER ROSE: Family Drama
Just when it seemed like there was finally peace between Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, a new lawsuit shows that there are still raw feelings between the former celebrity couple and their families.
Katie Wimbush-Polk -- Wiz Khalifa's mom -- has filed suit against his ex-wife, accusing Amber Rose of defamation after an alleged profanity-laced phone call back in June. Wimbush-Polk claims that Rose called her an unfit grandma, and blamed her for the death of Khalifa's sister. Dorien "Lala" Thomaz passed away in February as a result of complications from lymphoma.
The call reportedly took place after Wimbush-Polk reported Rose to California Child Welfare Services. Wiz's mom denies ever placing that call, and there were no consequences when the service visited Rose. The lawsuit was filed exactly two weeks afterward.
Wiz’s mom says Rose’s statements and accusations caused her severe mental anguish and humiliation. She's suing for more than $50,000, which would cover court costs, interest and damages. (Washington Observer-Reporter)
Disney Departs From Netflix
Netflix has a new rival in Disney. The company plans to launch a streaming service for its major franchises. Disney will pull all its films from Netflix.
The subscription service will play Star Wars, Marvel movies, animated Pixar classics, Disney Channel TV and ESPN programming. Disney intends to launch in 18-months. They didn’t announce their monthly fee. Netflix charges about 10 dollars per month.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said yesterday, (quote) “We had a deal with Netflix that gave us the option to move our films. So we’re creating a Disney-branded service. If you look at the 2019 schedule, it includes Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and a live-action remake of Lion King.” (Deadline Hollywood)
TOM WOPAT: Denies Groping Actress
Tom Wopat "firmly denies" groping an actress in a production of 42nd Street.
The Dukes of Hazzard star was arrested last week in Massachusetts on charges of indecent assault and battery. He's been accused of grabbing the woman's backside during rehearsal.
In a statement to USA Today, Wopat "firmly denies any wrongdoing, and after a thorough investigation by his defense team and a full airing of the facts, Tom has faith that the truth will be revealed and his good name will be restored."
The actor was also charged with cocaine possession. And according to the statement, he'll be taking "personal time to address his ongoing struggle with substance abuse. While death and illness in the family, combined with the intensity of his recent schedule, certainly contributed to his misstep, Tom definitely understands that sobriety is the sole course for a successful future and will take immediate steps to achieve it."
DAVID LETTERMAN: Returning to TV
Two years after retiring, David Letterman is set to return to TV.
The former Late Show host has signed a deal with Netflix to do six, hour-long installments of an as-yet-untitled program that will have the funnyman interviewing one guest each episode.
In a statement, the host said, "I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here's what I have learned: If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."
The show is expected to launch in 2018. (Rolling Stone)