Hear Tanya Tucker’s Heartfelt ‘Forever Loving You’ for Glen Campbell
Tanya Tucker was devastated to learn of the death of her former lover and collaborator Glen Campbell. Tucker has been dealing with the emotions surrounding Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's privately, and while doing so she recorded new music that touches upon their relationship over the years, including a song called "Forever Loving You."
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of "Forever Loving You" will benefit the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization which provides programs and services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, as well as funds research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s.
“I’m just devastated," Tucker says. "Absolutely devastated. It’s been so hard these past several years knowing what he’s been going through. My heart just breaks. Glen and I shared some incredible, precious memories together for a long time."
Tucker and Campbell began a high-profile romance in 1980, when he was 44 and she was just 21. The couple recorded a number of songs together during their 14-month relationship, including the single “Dream Lover.” They made tabloid headlines not only for their age difference, but also for frequent fights that sometimes turned physical. They both later revealed that their time together was fueled by heavy cocaine use and rampant jealousy.
"There were some ups and downs and, of course, all the downs were played out in the press. We both got past all that," she assures. "Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. It’s why I’m releasing 'Forever Loving You' in memory of Glen and for all of those who are losing or have lost someone they love. I’ll forever love you, Glen.”
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The heartfelt piano ballad has Tucker singing of how she wishes she could spend one more minute with her former lover. "If I could see you one more time before you have to leave this world / I'd hold you in my arms tonight just like we used to do / I could leave this world a happy girl forever loving you," she sings on the first verse of the song.
Tucker co-wrote “Forever Loving You” with Michael Lynn Rogers and Rusty Crowe, a Tennessee State Senator who co-sponsored the Campbell/Falk Act. The Tennessee law protects communication rights for people who have become wards of the state and have conservators over their financial and living situations.
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