Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

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"But I'm gonna be where the lights are shinin' on me,
Like a rhinestone cowboy..."

Glen Campbell came from Delight, Arkansas, which might be all that needs to be said. He was a gifted guitarist who eventually evolved into a well-rounded vocalist and winning performer. During the 60's and 70's, it would have been hard to turn on the radio or the television and not hear a little of that Campbell croon before long.

Campbell was one of twelve kids—musically inclined the lot of 'em. His dad bought him a guitar from a Sears-Roebuck catalog when he was four, and ten years later, at the tender old age of fourteen, Campbell left home to play guitar for a living He ended up in a Western swing band led by his uncle, Dick Bills.

At 24, Campbell came west to Los Angeles and immersed himself in work as a session guitarist for some artists you may have heard of—Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, The Monkees and The Mamas and the Papas. He toured with The Champs, surely playing his fair share of their 1958’s single “Tequila” up on stage, and later with The Beach Boys, during Brian Wilson’s hiatus from the road. Campbell’s studio guitar work, incidentally, can be heard on many of The Beach Boys' hits.

Though he made an appearance on Dick Clark’s [1]sa1363pt1517mv1843e Grit (and sang the title track, of course). He also released a guitar-case full of singles that would all went gold: “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” among them.

In 1992, like many other country music vets, Campbell began a stint at the Grand Palace in Branson, Missouri, and later built his own venue there—the “Glen Campbell Goodtime Theater”—where he played for many years.

Awards, millions of album sales, cross-genre appeal, endless TV appearances, two outings on the silver screen, his own TV show, holiday records, duets, an album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…it’s a good thing Glen Campbell got such an early start out of Delight, Arkansas. He had a lot to get done.

Artist Release History

1962 – Big Bluegrass Special
1963 – Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry
1964 – The Astounding 12-String Guitar
1965 – The Big Bad Rock Guitar of Glen Campbell
1967 – By the Time I Get to Phoenix
1967 – Gentle on My Mind
1967 – Burning Bridges
1968 – Hey Little One
1968 – A New Place in the Sun
1968 – Bobby Gentry & Glen Campbell
1968 – Wichita Lineman
1969 – Galveston
1969 – True Grit
1969 – Country Soul
1969 – Country Music Star No. 1
1969 – Glen Campbell: Live
1970 – Try a Little Kindness
1970 – Oh Happy Day
1970 – Norwood
1970 – The Glen Campbell Goodtime Album
1971 – The Last Time I Saw Her
1971 – Anne Murray/Glen Campbell
1972 – Glen Travis Campbell
1971 – Greatest Hits
1973 – I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star)
1973 – I Remember Hank Williams
1974 – Reunion: The Songs of Jimmy Webb
1975 – Rhinestone Cowboy
1975 – Arkansas
1976 – Best of Glen Campbell
1977 – Southern Nights
1978 – Live at the Royal Festival Hall
1978 – Basic
1979 – Highwayman
1981 – It’s the World Gone Crazy
1983 – Old Home Town
1984 – Letter to Home
1986 – It’s Just a Matter of Time
1988 – Still Within the Sound of My Voice
1988 – Light Years
1988 – No More Night
1988 – Country Boy
1990 – Walkin’ In the Sun
1991 – Unconditional Love
1991 – Merry Christmas
1991 – Show Me Your Way
1991 – All-Time Favorites (compilation)
1992 – All-Time Favorite Hits
1992 – Favorite Hymns
1992 – Wings of Victory
1992 – The World of Glen Campbell, Live
1992 – Christmas with Glen Campbell
1993 – Live in London
1993 – Somebody Like That
1994 – The Boy in Me
1994 – The Ultimate Glen Campbell (compilation)
1994 – Phoenix
1994 – Live: His Greatest Hits
1995 – Happy Holidays from Glen Campbell
1995 – The Essential Glen Campbell Volume 1 (compilation)
1995 – The Essential Glen Campbell Volume 2 (compilation)
1995 – The Essential Glen Campbell Volume 3 (compilation)
1995 – Christmas with Glen Campbell and Sonny James
1995 – Christmas with Glen Campbell
1997 – The Glen Campbell Collection (1962-1989)
1997 – Jesus and Me: The Collection
1998 – Home for the Holidays
1998 – A Glen Campbell Christmas
1998 – Branson City Limits
1999 – Reunited with Jimmy Webb
2000 – Love Songs (compilation)
2000 – 20 Greatest Hits

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Essential Music Albums

Rhinestone Cowboy (EMI)

Band Members

Glen Campbell guitar, vocals

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