Glen Campbell is an American country music singer, guitarist, television host and occasional actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for hosting a variety show called The Glen Campbell Good-time Hour on CBS television.
During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and racked up 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. Of his 74 trips up the country charts, 27 landed in the Top 10. Campbell’s hits include John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind”, Jimmy Webb’s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman” and “Glaveston”, Larry Weiss’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” and Allen Toussaint’s “Souther Nights”.
Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For “Gentle on My Mind” he received two awards in country & western, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” did the same in pop. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Assosiation (CMA) and the Acadamy Of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA’s top honor as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. In 1969 Campbell was hand picked by actor John Wayne 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.
In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
It was announced in April 2008 that Campbell was returning to his signature label, Capitol, to release his new album, Meet Glen Campbell. The album was released on August 19. With this album he branched off in a different musical direction, covering tracks from artists such as Travis, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne and Foo Fighters. It was Campbell’s first release on Capitol in over 15 years. Musicians from Cheap Trick and Jellyfish contributed to the album as well. The first single, a cover of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”, was released to radio in July 2008. In March 2010, a farewell album titled Ghost on the Canvas was announced which served as a companion to Meet Glen Campbell.
Ghost on the Canvas was released on August 30, 2011, with collaborations that include Paul Westerberg (writer of the title track), Wallflower’s singer Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Rick Nielsen and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.
In June 2011, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six months earlier. He had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years. He is currently on a final “Goodbye Tour”, with three of his children joining him in his backup band. Campbell sang ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ as a goodbye at the 2012 Grammy Awards which was held on February 12, 2012.
Glen Campbell passed away in Nashville Tennessee on August 8, 2017 at the age of 81 and was buried in the Campbell family cemetery at Billstown, Arkansas.