Glen Travis Campbell

Legendary country singer/songwriter

The American country music legend, was a singer, songwriter, musician and actor, well-known for such hits as Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman.

Glen Travis Campbell, was one of the most successful music artists in history. He was a versatile guitarist, who achieved success on both the country and pop charts. He played with all kinds of genres, with different instrumentation and different styles. He released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career, and had a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s.

The multi-talent musician sold 45 million records worldwide and accumulated 12 gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. In 1967, Campbell made history by winning, six Grammy’s in the country and pop categories. Three of his early hits won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

The legendary, Glen Campbell aged 81, died on August 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was buried in the Campbell family cemetery in Billstown, Arkansas, USA.

Name:   Glen  Campbell
Born:   22 April 1936
Star Sign: Taurus
Died:   8 August 2017
Birthplace: Billstown,
Country: Arkansas (AR) United States
DetailsOther Names
John Wesley Campbell
Carrie Dell (Stone) Campbell
Married: Kim Woollen in 1982 until his death in 2017; Sarah Davis (1976 - div. 1980); Billie Jean Nunley (1959 - div.1976); Diane Kirk (1955 - div.1959).
Eight children: With Kim Woollen: Cal, Shannon, Ashley; with Sarah Davis: Dillon; with Billie Jean Nunley: Kelli, Travis, Kane; with Diane Kirk: Debby

Glen Travis Campbell, was born on April 22, 1936, in Billstown, Arkansas, USA, to John Wesley and Carrie Dell Stone Campbell. His father, a sharecropper was of Scottish ancestry. Glen was the seventh son of twelve children. The family lived on a farm, with no electricity, and they barely got by growing cotton, corn, watermelons and potatoes.

At the age of four, Glen was given a guitar from his uncle, who also taught him the basics of how to play. By the time Glen was six, he was performing on local radio stations. He developed his talent by listening to the radio, records and guitarist, Django Reinhardt. At the age of 14, Campbell left school and embarked on a musical career.

Beginning of a Music career
At 17, Campbell moved to New Mexico and joined his uncle Dick Bill as part of the Sandia Mountain Boys, a band that enjoyed some success out of New Mexico. In 1958, Campbell put together his own group, the Western Wranglers. In 1960, Campbell moved to Los Angeles to become a session musician. That October, he joined the Champs.

the Wrecking Crew - Pop Hits
In Los Angeles, Campbell became a member of the Wrecking Crew, a renowned team of instrumentalists. They played on hits by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Righteous Brothers, the Beach Boys and the Monkees. In 1964 and 1965, Campbell joined the Beach Boys as a tour fill-in for Brian Wilson. In 1966, he played on the Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' album.

In 1967, Campbell's first pop hit, 'By The Time I Get to Phoenix', was composed by his friend, Webb. In 1969, ' Wichita Lineman' and 'Galveston' were at the top 10 hits in USA, and in the top 20 hits in Great Britain.

Guest appearance
In 1968, Campbell won four 1967 Grammy Awards: Best Male Performance and Best Contemporary Group Performance (Vocal or Instrumental), for 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix,' and Best Country & Western Recording as well as Best Country & Western Male Solo Vocal Performance for 'Gentle on My Mind.'

Acting and TV Show
In 1969, Campbell starred with John Wayne in the western movie 'True Grit.' In the mid-1970s, he had more hits with 'Rhinestone Cowboy' and 'Southern Nights.' Debuting in 1969, 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour' was a variety of musical acts, comedy segments and glamorous guest stars.

On March 12, 1969, Campbell won a 1968 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix.' In 1972, Campbell was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California, for his contributions to the industry of music.

Top Hits
Campbell made a cameo appearance in the 1980, Clint Eastwood's movie, 'Any Which Way You Can,' for which he recorded the title song. Campbell’s own hit - 'Rhinestone Cowboy' became his personal anthem, and in 1994 his autobiography, 'Rhinestone Cowboy,' written with Tom Carter, was published.

In 2000, Campbell's 1968 single, 'Wichita Lineman,' was inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame. In 2004, 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' was inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame.

Recognition and Awards
In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released an album of cover songs titled, 'Meet Glen Campbell,' and 'Gentle on My Mind' also inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame. In 2011, Campbell released the album, "Ghost on the Canvas," and embarked on his goodbye tour.

In June 2011, Campbell revealed he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. That same year, he was honored with a star-studded tribute at the Country Music Awards. In 2012, Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Final Recordng
Campbell went on a final "Goodbye Tour" with three of his children joining him as his backup band. His last show was on November 30, 2012, in Napa, California. In April 2014, due to the Alzheimer disease, Campbell was admitted to a special care facility in Nashville. On October 2014, his final music video, 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You', coincide with the release of the documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

Final Achievement Awards
In April 2013, Campbell announced plans to retire from touring, citing the progression of his Alzheimer's disease. Around the same time, Campbell embarked on a trip to Washington, D.C., where he advocated for Alzheimer's research.

On April 3, 2016, Campbell receives the Career Achievement Award during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. On August 8, 2017, Campbell's family announced his death after his 'long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.'

Glen-Campbell Family
Glen Campbell was the seventh son of 12 children to John Wesley and Carrie Dell (Stone) Campbell. Glen Campbell was married four times to: Kim Woollen, Sarah Davis, Billie Jean Nunley, Diane Kirk. He had five sons and three daughters: Cal, Shannon, Ashley, Dillon, Kelli, Travis, Kane, Debby.

Glen Campbell was a session guitarist for many well-known musicians in the studio or on tour.

Campbell's first opportunity to sing was at the local Church of Christ, where his grandfather was a preacher.

Glen was hand-picked by John Wayne to co-star to star in the movie “True Grit," as well as sang the title song, which earned Campbell an Academy Award nomination.

Campbell’s daughter, Ashley, also a country music singer, introduced her father’s final album & Shannon Campbell Played His Father’s Final Song Live.

Many of Glen's relatives were musicians and helped guide his passion for music

He Has Eight Children and Many of Them are Musicians, Too.

Campbell received five Grammy Awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame honors and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Academy of Country Music awards.

The combination of talents and personality that made him a TV star enabled him to transcend eras, remaining a hit-maker across decades as well as across genres.

In a 2008 interview they said that they have been adherents of Messianic Judaism for two decades.

Campbell took up golf in his mid-20s and was host of the Glen Campbell Open on the PGA Tour from 1971 to 1983.

"I like to start the day early, it keeps me out of trouble."

"Some people have said that I can 'hear' a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential. I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also 'feel' one."

"I did what my Dad told me to do – ‘Be nice, son, and don’t cuss. And be nice to people.’ And that’s the way I handled myself, and people were very, very nice to me,."

"I think I've been blessed with the upbringing of parents who told you ... There's an old saying, 'If he tells you a hog weighs five pounds, wrap it up.' That pretty much says it."

"I’m discovering who I am and what has actually been given me. To be where I am in this life, the credit goes to God. I’m not that brilliant, I’m not that smart."

"I would have been content to just do studio work, making it on my own never really entered my mind."

"I don't know anything about it because I don't feel any different. The stuff I can't remember is great because it's a lot of stuff I don't want to remember anyway. (On his diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease)"

"I want to get back to Delight, Arkansas, where momma and poppa are living, and I want to build them a house with central heating, so they won't have to go out and chop firewood anymore. (On his new-found stardom)"

"I guess I'm like Roger Miller who used to say that he didn't have as many jokes as he thought he did."

"It seemed like fate was always leading me to the right door. Because of music, it's led to this incredible life."


Country music superstar, Glen Campbell had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since 2011. On August, 2017, at the age of 81, he passed away. He was laid to rest in a private ceremony at his hometown in Delight, Arkansas, USA. Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim, five sons, three daughters and 10 grandchildren. Many paid tributes and his family described him as a 'beloved husband, father and grandfather.

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