"Galveston, oh, Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowing."
Glen Campbell and the song "Galveston" hold a special place in the hearts of Galvestonians. Campbell passed away on August 8, 2017 from Alzheimer's Disease.
The song "Galveston" was written by Jimmy Webb and released by Campbell in 1969. Webb described it as an anti-war song about a soldier preparing to go into battle thinking about the woman he loves in his hometown of Galveston.
Campbell's last performance in Galveston was at The Grand 1894 Opera House on July 8, 2012 to a packed and emotional audience. The show was part of his "Goodbye Tour" after the announcement of his Alzheimer's condition.
Maureen Patton, Executive Director of The Grand, recalled, "Glen’s Goodbye Tour at The Grand was bittersweet. When he sang 'Galveston' that last time here, I suspect there weren’t many dry eyes in the audience. Everyone knew this was his last tour and that his life would be changing immeasurably from that point forward. Glen gave us his gift of music and a song that will always be inextricably linked to us as a community and him as its troubadour. God speed Glen. Rest in peace."
Before the news of Campbell’s death, Jimmy Webb was already booked to perform at The Grand on October 7, 2017. His show is being billed as “Jimmy Webb – The Glen Campbell Years.” Webb will share highlights of the 100+ recordings from the Webb/Campbell songbook. Given the recent news, the show should be even more special.
In 2013, The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned Grammy-nominated producer/musician Jean-Yves Ducornet to perform the song and produced an Official Tourism Video. Feel free to watch and sing along.
“The 'Galveston' song is so iconic world-wide, and to many people, it is already considered an anthem for the island,” said Galveston CVB Marketing Director Melody Smith. “With Galveston re-emerging as a top travel and cruise destination, we thought it only fitting to draw on our roots and embrace this song within our marketing efforts.”
Ducornet has created music for Carlos Santana and Tupac Shakur, as well as for a variety of big-name films and TV shows, including ABC’s Modern Family, E Entertainment’s Khloe and Lamar, Sex and the City, Scrubs, Mean Girls 2 and 15 seasons of America’s Next Top Model.
Campbell's death due to Alzheimer's may also bring needed attention to the disease. The Rotary Club of Galveston Island recently hosted a presentation about the Alzheimer's Association: Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter and the 2017 Bay Area/Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer's event on Oct. 14th to help raise funds for needed research to find a cure.
Galveston's social media feeds were filled with thoughts and memories of Campbell and how Alzeheimer's has affected their lives, including a couple from Dolly Parton and Blake Shelton.
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