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Glen Campbell
Born: April 22, 1936 in Delight, Ar
Active: '50s-2010s Major
Styles: Urban Cowboy, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Country-Pop
Instrument: Guitar Representative
Albums: "The Glen Campbell Collection
(1962-1989): Gentle on My Mind", "Rhinestone Cowboy/Bloodline", "The Capitol Years 65/77" Representative
Songs: "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Wichita Lineman", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

UPC Type Title
5099970534528 CD 10 Great Songs
077774861328 (i) CD 20 Golden Greats
894231445620 CD 3 Big Guitars
602537570898 CD 5 Classic Albums
090431932629 CD All Time Favorites
077775739626 CD Best of Glen Campbell
715187744127 CD Best of the Early Years
894231310928 CD Big Guitars
724353523121 CD By the Time I Get to Phoenix
5099991205414 Vinyl By the Time I Get to Phoenix
724382183426 (i) CD Capitol Years
094636833828 (i) CD Classic Campbell
090431564523 CD Classics Collection
8712177043897 (i) CD Country Legend Live
779836129222 CD Country Stars & Stripes
5060001275390 (i) CD Definitive Collection
894231375026 CD Delight Arkansas/Walk Right in
813411010465 CD Duets
724358220728 (i) CD Essential
724353495725 CD Galveston
724353523022 CD Gentle on My Mind
5017261209931 (i) CD Gentle on My Mind/by the Time I Get to Phoenix
640424999438 CD Ghost on the Canvas
724352623525 CD Glen Campbell Christmas
724383102921 (i) CD Glen Campbell: Collection
5017261210852 (i) CD Glen Travis Campbell/I Knew Jesus/I Remember Hank
715187736221 CD Greatest Country Hits
5099926893129 CD Greatest Hits
5017261209047 (i) CD Hey Little One/New Place in the Sun
026297202323 CD Home for the Holidays
5099992841321 CD Icon
602537444632 CD Icon Christmas
080688860325 CD Inspirational Collection
089353307028 CD It's Just a Matter of Time
027072809522 CD Jesus & Me-the Collection
5017261207906 (i) CD Live
741157893526 CD Live Anthology 1972-2001
690978140299 (i) DVD Live From Dublin 1981
848064000181 CD Live in Japan
715668210226 CD Love Songs
724353877224 (i) CD Love Songs
5099932767728 CD Meet Glen Campbell
094638720928 CD Platinum
081227376420 (i) CD Platinum Collection
894231426322 CD Plays 12 String Guitar
724353495626 CD Reunion: Songs of Jimmy Webb
612657013922 CD Rhinestone Cowboy/Bloodline
723721173258 CD Rhinestone Cowboy
723721551353 CD Rhinestone Cowboy
4006408065333 (i) CD Rhinestone Cowbay
8712273051253 (i) CD Rhinestone Cowboy
822685180125 CD See You There
9332727026829 (i) CD See You There
4988002656271 (i) CD See You There
822685180132 Vinyl See You There
027072803629 CD Show Me Your Way
612657023822 CD Sings the Best of Jimmy Webb 1967-92
612657016725 CD Southern Nights/Basic
894231268922 CD Swinging 12 String
5050725500144 (i) CD Through the Years
5017261210692 (i) CD Try a Little Kindness/the Glen Campbell Goodtime a
724353522926 CD Wichita Lineman
5017261209979 (i) CD Wichita Lineman/Galveston....

Biography: It isn't accurate to call Glen Campbell "pure country," but his smooth fusion of country mannerisms and pop melodies and production techniques made him one of the most popular country musicians of the late '60s and '70s. Campbell was one of the leading figures of country-pop during that era, racking up a steady stream of Top Ten singles, highlighted by classics like "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "I Wanna Live," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Rhinestone Cowboy," and "Southern Nights." Boasting Campbell's smooth vocals and layered arrangements, where steel guitars bounced off sweeping strings, those songs not only became country hits, they crossed over to the pop charts as well, which was appropriate, since that is where he began his musical career. Originally, he was a Los Angeles session musician, playing on hits by the Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Merle Haggard. By the end of the '60s, he had become a successful solo artist, and that success would not abate until the late '80s, when he stopped having radio hits and began concentrating on live performances at his theater in Branson.

Campbell was born and raised in Delight, Arkansas, where he received his first guitar when he was four years old. Learning the instrument from various relatives, he played consistently throughout his childhood, eventually gravitating toward jazz players like Barney Kessel and Django Reinhardt. While he was learning guitar, he also sang in a local church, where he developed his vocal skills. By the time he was 14, he had begun performing with a number of country bands in the Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico area, including his uncle's group, the Dick Bills Band. When he was 18, he formed his own country band, the Western Wranglers, and began touring the South with the group. Four years later, Campbell moved to Los Angeles, California, where he became a session musician.

Shortly after arriving in California, Campbell earned the reputation of being an excellent guitarist, playing on records by Bobby Darin and Rick Nelson. In 1960, he briefly joined the instrumental rock & roll group the Champs, who had the hit single "Tequila" two years earlier. The following year, he released his debut single, "Turn Around, Look at Me," on the small Crest label; the single reached number 62 later in the year. By the summer of 1962, he had released "Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry" on Capitol Records; the single only spent two weeks on the charts, peaking at 76. While he was tentatively pursuing a solo career, Campbell continued to play professionally, most notably for Elvis Presley and Dean Martin. Also in 1962, he played guitar and sang on "Kentucky Means Paradise," a single by the one-off group the Green River Boys, who released an album, Big Bluegrass Special. "Kentucky Means Paradise" became a hit on the country charts, climbing to number 20. Instead of pursuing a full-fledged country career after the single's release, Campbell returned to studio work, and over the next two years he played on sessions by Frank Sinatra ("Strangers in the Night"), Merle Haggard ("The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde"), the Monkees ("I'm a Believer"), the Association, and the Mamas & the Papas, among many others.

Following Brian Wilson's breakdown and retirement from the road in 1965, Campbell became a touring member of the Beach Boys for several months. At the end of his tenure as the group's temporary bassist, the Beach Boys offered him a permanent spot in the band, but he turned them down when they wouldn't allow him to have an equal cut of the group's royalties. A few months after rejecting their offer, the Beach Boys' record label, Capitol, offered Campbell a full-fledged contract. His first release under his new long-term Capitol contract was a version of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "The Universal Soldier," which peaked at number 45. For much of 1966, he continued to pursue studio work, but he released "Burning Bridges" toward the end of the year, and it climbed to number 18 on the country charts early in 1967.

During 1967, Capitol pushed Campbell as a country recording artist, and their breakthrough arrived in the late summer when his folky country-pop rendition of John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" became a Top 40 hit on both the country and pop charts. By the end of the year, he had released a cover of Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," which reached number two on the country charts, and number 26 on the pop charts. Early in 1968, "Gentle on My Mind" won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording of 1967. Campbell's success continued in 1968, as "I Wanna Live" became his first number one hit and "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" reached number three. The following year, CBS television hired him to host the variety show The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour, which became quite popular and helped establish him as not only a country star, but a pop music superstar.

Throughout the late '60s and early '70s, Campbell continued to rack up hit singles, including the number one hits "Wichita Lineman" (1968) and "Galveston" (1969), plus the Top Ten singles "Try a Little Kindness" (1969), "Honey Come Back" (1970), "Everything a Man Could Ever Need" (1970), and "It's Only Make Believe" (1970). In 1968, he began recording duets with Bobbie Gentry, and they had hit singles with their versions of two Everly Brothers songs: "Let It Be Me," which reached 14 in 1969, and "All I Have to Do Is Dream," which peaked at number six in 1970. Also in 1969, he began a film career, appearing in the John Wayne movie True Grit that year and Norwood the following year.

By 1972, Campbell's record sales started slipping. After "Manhattan Kansas" reached number six that year, he had trouble having Top 40 hits for the next two years. Furthermore, his television show was canceled. As his career slowed, he began sinking into drug and alcohol addiction, which continued even through his mid-'70s revival. In 1975, he returned to the Top Ten with "Rhinestone Cowboy," a huge hit that reached number one on both the country and pop charts. Over the next two years, he had a number of Top Ten country hits, including "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" and "Don't Pull Your Love"/"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," which also reached the pop charts. In 1977, he had his final number one hit with "Southern Nights," which topped both the country and pop charts.

Following the success of "Southern Nights" and its follow-up, "Sunflower," Campbell stopped reaching the country Top Ten with regularity, yet he had a string of lesser hits and was an immensely popular performer in concert and television. During the mid-'80s, he experienced a brief commercial revival, as the singles "Faithless Love," "A Lady Like You," and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" all reached the country Top Ten. By that time, he had begun to clean up his act. Over the course of the mid-'80s, he kicked his addictions to drugs and alcohol and became a born-again Christian. Appropriately, he began recording inspirational albums, yet he didn't abandon country music. As late as 1989, Campbell's smooth, synth-laden contemporary country-pop was reaching the country Top Ten; his last two Top Ten country hits were "I Have You" (1988) and "She's Gone, Gone, Gone" (1989).

Campbell began recording less frequently in the early '90s, especially since he could no longer reach the charts and the radio, since they were dominated by new country artists. Over the course of the decade, he gradually moved into semi-retirement, concentrating on golf and performing at his Goodtime Theater in Branson, Missouri. In 1994, he published his autobiography, Rhinestone Cowboy. Campbell released a comeboack album of sorts, the ironically titled Meet Glen Campbell, produced by Julian Raymond and Howard Willing, on Capitol Records in 2008. In June of 2011, Campbell, by now 75 years old, announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease. In spite of the ailment, he finished an album, Ghost on the Canvas, which was released in August that same year, and began a tour that was to be his farewell to the music business. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi