In 1969, Glen Campbell had it all - sunny good looks, dazzling guitar chops, a breathtaking tenor voice and his own network television show. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was weekly destination viewing for millions of Americans on Sunday nights because of the abundant talents of its star. A string of gigantic hit records had brought Campbell to this career pinnacle.
The Goodtime Hour theme song was John Hartford's lilting Gentle On My Mind, which Campbell won Grammy Awards for; Song, Single and Male Vocal Performance of the Year. Jimmy Webb's stunningly melodic By the Time I Get to Phoenix, led to the singer and guitarist's close association with that songwriter, as well as 1968's Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Campbell's version of Webb's haunting Wichita Lineman reached 7 in the UK chart in January 1969, and his thrilling performance of Webb's Galveston followed it in to the top 20 just a few weeks later. Other golden tunes that led to Glen Campbell's popular status included Dreams of the Everyday Housewife, Try a Little Kindness, Honey Come Back and True Grit, the title tune of his cinematic debut co-starring the iconic John Wayne.
Also a highly respected and sought-after session guitarist, Campbell's playing is heard on many of America's greatest popular songs of the era, including Frank Sinatra's Strangers In The Night, The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas, five tracks on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album (Campbell also toured with The Beach Boys in 1965). Campbell also performed on recordings by Ricky Nelson, Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, Wayne Newton, and on Phil Spector-produced hits, including Darlene Love & the Crystals' He's A Rebel and The Ronettes' Be My Baby, among others.
In 2008, Campbell returned to Capitol Records and released his first new studio album in 13 years, Meet Glen Campbell. Produced by Julian Raymond, the critically-acclaimed album includes songs from the repertoires of Green Day, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, The Replacements and other seemingly unlikely artists, which pleasantly surprised fans and journalists around the world. Critical acclaim followed in the UK with many proclaiming it as comeback album of the year and on a par with the Johnny Cash albums. The singles Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), Times Like These and Grow Old With Me all achieved success on UK radio, presenting Campbell to a new audience.
In a legendary music career that spans more than five decades, Glen Campbell has achieved chart-topping, platinum-selling pop and country success singing everyday tales of life, love, work and heartache. In addition to his five Grammy Awards, Campbell has been honored with trophies for Male Vocalist Of The Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy Of Country Music (ACM). Inducted into the CMA's Hall Of Fame, he has also been awarded its top Entertainer Of The Year honors, and the ACM has honored him with its prestigious Pioneer Award.