Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell
Birth Name Glen Campbell Glen Travis Campbell
Born April 22, 1936 Billstown, Arkansas, U.S.
Died August 8, 2017 (aged 81) Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country, Western, folk, pop, easy listening, gospel
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Bagpipes
Associated acts The Champs, The Beach Boys, Bobbie Gentry, Anne Murray,
John Hartford, Jerry Reed, Tanya Tucker, Jimmy Webb

Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 until June 1972. He released 64 albums in a career that spanned five decades, selling over 45 million records worldwide, including twelve gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.

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Rhinestone Cowboy
Rhinestone Cowboy
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Gentle on My Mind (Terrific Guitar Break)
Gentle on My Mind (Terrific Guitar Break)
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Southern Nights
Southern Nights

Born in Billstown, Arkansas, Campbell began his professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles, spending several years playing with the group of instrumentalists later known as “The Wrecking Crew”. After becoming a solo artist, he placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts.

Among Campbell's hits are “Universal Soldier”, his first hit from 1965, along with “Gentle on My Mind” (1967), “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (1967), “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife” (1968), “Wichita Lineman” (1968), “Galveston” (1969), “Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975) and “Southern Nights” (1977).

In 1967, Campbell won four Grammys 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 owned 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. Campbell played a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. He also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

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Transcribed 13 classic songs from this popular country guitarist, arranged for piano, voice and guitar. Includes: A Better Place By the Time I Get to Phoenix Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)Galveston Gentle on My Mind I'm Not Gonna Miss YouIt's Only Make Believe Reason to Believe Rhinestone Cowboy Southern NightsTrue Grit Try a Little Kindness Wichita Lineman.