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“Yes, darling?” he asked.

“It’s capo one,” she said before helping him clip the capo on the guitar’s neck.

A bit of laughter bubbled up from the crowd, and Campbell showed grace as he launched into the next song. A few moments later, he took off the capo.

Backstage, his wife watched him as she stood in the shadows, careful not to distract him.

“He has never, ever noticed me standing there,” she said after the show. “So maybe it’s just dark to him.”

The concert hall was packed with people who grew up with Campbell’s music _ and many fans who shared a connection to his disease.

Julie Cawthron’s mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, too, so she said she could relate to parts of Campbell’s performance as he lost words or a train of thought.

“It was such an inspiration, really,” Cawthron said. “He’s keeping on keeping on as long as he can.”

There was no lack of admiration for Campbell. At a reception after the show, people lined up to compliment him, shake his hand and have their photos taken with him.

Cameramen followed him around as he autographed a few guitars and a handful of posters that proudly proclaimed, “ARKANSAS’ native son RETURNS.”

Yes, sir, Campbell was glad to be back in Arkansas.

“I sure am,” he told a reporter. “Brings back a lot of memories.”

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Online:

http://glencampbellmusic.com

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