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Glen Campbell –

Campbell in TRUE GRIT.

About Glen Campbell (1936 – 2017)

Glen Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas. He was one of twelve children and the son of sharecroppers.

Glen Campbell is best known for hosting a variety show, called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

As a young teen, he began to play the guitar without learning to read music. His Uncle Boo was his teacher, and is the person who Glen gives the credit in helping him reach his musical potential.

At the age of 18, in 1954, he joined his Uncle Boo's band: Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys in New Mexico. He appeared on radio with his Uncle's band and the children's program, K Circle B Time. In 1958, he formed his own band, The Western Wranglers.

For most of his life, Glen Campbell has been a musician and singer. Glen Campbell was a well-known guitarist in his own right before becoming a celebrated singer and actor. Glen played for many of the top names of several eras, including: The Crickets, The Limeliters, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, The Kingston Trio, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Jan Berry, Frankie Laine, Ricky Nelson and Dean Torrence (aka Jan and Dean).

Glen Campbell has done a lot of studio work , such as playing rhythm guitar on the Shelley Fabares number one hit Johnny Angel that peaked in April 1962. In studio, Glen played the guitar on the record soundtrack of the film, VIVA LAS VEGAS, starring Elvis Presley.

Glen has sold forty million albums, and received twelve gold records. In the late 60's and 1970's Glen Campbell was a phenomenally successful pop/MOR singer and TV personality. Glen has many hits from this period, all on Capitol records, including: Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Hey, Little One, Galveston, Honey, Come Back, Try a Little Kindness, and Rhinestone Cowboy.

Glen Campbell has won eleven Grammys, and nominated for eleven other Grammys.

The 1969 film, TRUE GRIT is the biggest film that Glen Campbell was ever cast in, along side John Wayne, who won the BEST ACTOR Oscar for his performance. John Wayne personally picked Glen to be his supporting actor. Glen received a Golden Globe nomination for most promising newcomer for his performance in TRUE GRIT.

Glen Campbell was an avid golfer, when not on a course, he plays gigs at venues around the United States, including at his own theater in Branson, Missouri.

Glen Campbell had four wives, and eight children; five sons and three daughters from these marriages. Glen was married to his fourth wife, Kim Campbell since 1982.

In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

In 2011, Glen Campbell announced that he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and went on a fare-well tour with three of his children playing in his band.

As of March, 2015, Glen Campbell could no longer speak, but had the full support and love of his family.

He died on August 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Glen Campbell's notable movie credits include...

MORWOOD (1970)
TRUE GRIT (1969)


Glen Campbell with
John Wayne in TRUE GRIT.