If he were still with us, Glen Campbell would have been celebrating his 82nd bir…
Written by megarock on April 22, 2018
If he were still with us, Glen Campbell would have been celebrating his 82nd birthday today. Glen was a singer, guitarist, television host, and occasional actor. He was best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television.
During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, and/or the Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the Top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Campbell’s hits included his recordings of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind”, Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Galveston”, Larry Weiss’s “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights”.
Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys total, in the country and pop categories. For “Gentle on My Mind” he received two awards in country and western, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He received trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association(CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA’s top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. In 1969 actor John Wayne picked Campbell to play alongside him in the film True Grit, which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell sang the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award.
And, he filled in for Brian Wilson in The Beach Boys, he played on numerous recordings as part to ‘The Wrecking Crew” and so much more. We know there will be some who will want or need to say bad things about Glen. He, like all people had his demons. He cleaned up his life and worked on making amends to those he hurt.
In June 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six months earlier.
Campbell went on a final “Goodbye Tour”, with three of his children joining him in his backup band. His last show was on November 30, 2012, in Napa, California. Campbell sang “Rhinestone Cowboy” as a goodbye at the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 12, 2012.
We lost Glen on August 8th of last year.
Happy Birthday Mr. Campbell. RIP. Thank You for the memories.
When you think of Glen, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?