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1936-22-04 | Birthplace: Delight, Arkansas
into a sharecropping family near Delight, Arkansas, on April 22, 1936, Glen
Travis Campbell rose to national prominence in the late 1960s on the strength of
a string of pop and country hits and a CBS-TV series, The Glen Campbell
Good-Time Hour (1968-1972). A top-flight Los Angeles session guitarist and
vocalist for several years, he assisted such talents as Ricky Nelson, Frank
Sinatra, Merle Haggard, and the Beach Boys in the recording studio. He also made
records of his own, including two albums with Tut Taylor and the Dillards, as
the Folkswingers, and an album with the Green River Boys titled Big Bluegrass
was just beginning to hit as a singer on Capitol Records when his network TV
show made his smiling face a household item and also gave national exposure to
John Hartford, Jerry Reed, and many country guest stars. Although Campbell
preferred to call himself a “country boy who sings,” rather than a
“country singer,” the country music industry thoroughly embraced him. As his
records climbed the country charts, country radio stations spun them for eager
was named CMA Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and
he hosted the 1972 CMA Awards telecast. Campbell’s TV show and his enormously
successful crossover hits such as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix,"
"Dreams of the Everyday Housewife," "Gentle on My Mind,"
"Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," and "Try a Little
Kindness" broadened country’s popularity—especially among younger
audiences. In doing so, Campbell helped to increase the number of full-time
country radio stations, thus strengthening the broadcasting infrastructure
essential to the success of country recording artists, record labels,
songwriters, publishers, and show promoters.
hits came after Campbell’s TV show ended, including "Rhinestone
Cowboy" (1975), "Southern Nights” (1977), “The Hand That Rocks the
Cradle” (1987, with Steve Wariner), and “Still within the Sound of My
Voice” (1987–88). Campbell also has recorded popular duets with Bobbie
Gentry, Anne Murray, Rita Coolidge, Tanya Tucker, and Mel Tillis. To date, he
has placed seventy-five songs on the country charts, thirty-five of which
crossed over to the pop market.
Rhinestone Cowboy: An Autobiography was published by Villard Books in 1994.
compiled by John W. Rumble, Senior Historian, Country Music Hall of Fame® and
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