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Single Review: Tanya Tucker – ‘Forever Loving You’

The Glen Campbell-Tanya Tucker relationship was the gift that kept on giving to tabloid publishers in the early 1980s. A middle-aged legend past his commercial peak hooked up with a rising starlet half his age. In a more cynical age, it might have been suggested that the entire affair was concocted by publicists to keep the singers in the headlines. Except it wasn’t and when it ended, it ended badly, with a violent drug-induced brawl that left the reputations of both Campbell and Tucker in tatters. Neither was ever able to completely live it down; the affair was considered by most to be Campbell’s midlife crisis and Tucker’s youthful indiscretion.

It’s not a period of their lives that one would expect either party to look back on fondly. However, recent events have suggested that there was more to the messy relationship than the tabloid headlines led us to believe. Last Tuesday, August 8th, Campbell died after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The next day, Tucker released a new single — her first in eight years — which is a tribute to her late partner. Written by Tanya with Michael Lynn Rogers and Rusty Crowe, “Forever Loving You” is probably the most deeply personal single of her career. A beautiful piano and pedal steel-led ballad, it is an expression of regret that things didn’t turn out differently, that lays to rest any lingering doubts that Tanya’s feelings for Glen were sincere, and that she never quite got over him:

I never stopped loving you even after all these years,
I still feel you next to me at night when you’re not here.
Oh, how your sweet songs stay with me even after all this time
Your memory’s right here in my heart, forever on my mind

Tanya is in good voice; the lyrics are deeply emotional and the melody is beautiful; this used to be a sure-fire formula for a monster hit. We all know that isn’t going to happen in today’s radio environment, but it’s a must-have for fans of both Glen and Tanya. A portion of the proceeds are going towards Alzheimer’s research, which is, of course, a cause well worth supporting. The track can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon.

Grade: A

6 responses to “Single Review: Tanya Tucker – ‘Forever Loving You’

  1. Luckyoldsun August 16, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Either that or it just seemed like the most opportune time to put out a recording and maybe garner some attention.

  2. Luckyoldsun August 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I guess I shouldn’t tell you that Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair weren’t really feuding–and trying to beat each other’s brains out.
    (Or that Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair aren’t even their real names.)

  3. Aussie country girl August 17, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Love this song I’ve been a fan of Tanya Tucker for a long time and I think this is quite touching. RIP Glen Campbell, loved his music also.

  4. Pamela Welborn August 17, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    For those who seem to not understand…….you NEVER get over your true love….no matter how many years go by………………….

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