It’s difficult to believe Glen Campbell is now 81 years old! And there is also his well-publiscised battle with Alzheimers. I hope, in some way, he appreciates how much those who love 70s music value the contribution he made to our musical lives throughout the 60s, 70s and beyond.
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- Born in Arkansas in 1936, Glen was the seventh son of 12 children.
- Glen started playing guitar in his teens, taught by his uncle whose band he joined in 1954.
- By 1958, Glen had formed his own band, the Western Wranglers before moving to Los Angeles in 1960 to become a session musician, songwriter and recorder of demos. He was a part of a group of musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. The Wrecking Crew would back him on a number of recordings throughout his career.
- As a backing musician, Glen played on recordings by Campbell played on recordings by many of the eras great artists, including, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Phil Spector.
- In 1961, Glen was signed to Crest Records he signed to Capitol Records a year later) and began his solo career.
- Throughout the 60s and 70s, Glen had a string of hit songs and, for three years, hosted his own music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.
- During his 50 years in show business, Glen released over 70 albums and sold over 45 million records. 12 of those albums achieved gold record status, with four becoming platinum albums and one double-platinum album.
- He has had over 80 singles hit the charts, 29 top 10’s and nine #1s, including, Gentle on My Mind; By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.
- In 1967, Glen won four Grammys total in the country and pop categories – two for Gentle on My Mind in the country and western category and two for By the Time I Get to Phoenix in the pop category.
- In 2012, Glen was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
- Glen has appeared in 11 movies, including playing alongside John Wayne in the classic, True Grit.
- In June 2011, Glen announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six months earlier. He embarked on a “Goodbye Tour,” with three of his children joining him in his backup band. His final show was on November 30, 2012, in Napa, California and he performed Rhinestone Cowboy as a goodbye at the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 12, 2012, his final televised on-stage performance. Since April 2014, he has been a patient at an Alzheimer’s long-term care and treatment facility where, he is reported to be unable to communicate with people and understand what people say. His family have stated, Glen is receiving good care and is “happy” and “cheerful.”
glen campbell trivia
- From December 1964 to early March 1965, Glen was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for Brian Wilson. He also played guitar on the band’s Pet Sounds (1966) album, among other Beach Boys recordings. On tour, he played bass guitar and sang falsetto harmonies.
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- Rhinestone Cowboy was written by Larry Weiss and recorded on his 1974 album Black and White.
- In late 1974, Campbell heard Rhinestone Cowboy on the radio. He was touring Australia and decided to learn the song. On returning to the US, he was talking to a record company exec. who told him about a great song he should record… the song was Rhinestone Cowboy.
- Glen recorded the song in March 1975 with The Wrecking Crew. It was released on May 26, 1975.
- Rhinestone Cowboy hit #1 on the US singles chart and #4 on the UK singles chart. Interestingly, it was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the US singles chart and the US Country singles chart. The others being: Before the Next Teardrop Falls by Freddy Fender, (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song by BJ Thomas Thank God I’m a Country Boy and I’m Sorry/Calypso, both by John Denver, and Convoy by C. W. McCall.
- In 2013, Glen recorded a new version of Rhinestone Cowboy for his final studio album, See You There.
- Rhinestone Cowboy served as the basis for the 1984 movie Rhinestone, starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton.
- Amongst artists to cover Rhinestone Cowboy are, Slim Whitman, Guns N’ Roses and Tony Clifton (aka Andy Kaufman).
- Rhinestone Cowboy lyrics.
rhinestone cowboy – glen campbell – 1975 – video
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