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Glen Campbell

American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor and Television Host. Born Glen Travis Campbell, his father was a sharecropper and Glen was his seventh son, making him the seventh son of a seventh son. He learned to play music on a five-dollar guitar he received from his father, taking lessons from an uncle. His family moved to Houston when he was an adolescent and from there, he moved to Albuquerque to join his uncle's band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys, later forming his own group, the Western Wranglers. In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles, where he drew the attention of record companies with his song 'Turn Around, Look at Me' and quickly started playing recording sessions, where his guitar playing stood out. He first solo hit was 1967's 'Gentle on My Mind' which was a minor success upon its first release. That was followed by 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', which was a hit, followed by 'I Wanna Live', 'Dreams of the Everyday Housewife' and 'Wichita Lineman'. Campbell would go on to win four Grammys in 1968 in both pop and country categories. Later that year, he was a television star as well, starring in 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour' on CBS, which ran for three years. In 1969, he hit the big screen as a co-star in the John Wayne film 'True Grit'. His songs hit the charts regularly, though seldom becoming big hits. He finally had a resurgence in the mid-'70s with 'Rhinestone Cowboy', one of the biggest hits of 1975, and 'Southern Nights', a remake of an Allen Toussaint song. In all, Campbell recorded nearly 60 albums and appeared in several films. In 1994, he wrote his memoir, 'Rhinestone Cowboy' and he became a regular performer in Branson, Missouri, playing his hits. In 2011, he announced he had Alzheimer's Disease and despite the diagnosis, he released an album, 'Ghost on the Canvas' to positive reviews, and followed it with a tour. He earned several awards, including a lifetime honor from the Grammys. Later, he was featured in the documentary, 'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me'. A song from the movie, 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You', was nominated for an Oscar.

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 182191696
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Glen Campbell (22 Apr 1936–8 Aug 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 182191696, citing Campbell's Cemetery, Billstown, Pike County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .