Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. Campbell began his professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles, spending several years playing with the group of instrumentalists later known as “The Wrecking Crew”. He’s played on records by the Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, the Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Frank Sinatra, Ronnie Dove, Phil Spector, you name it, if it was recorded in L.A, in the 1960’s the Wrecking Crew, and Glen, are probably on it. He also played on many records by the Beach Boys and, for a few months, replaced Brian Wilson when Wilson wanted to just record and not tour with the band.
He befriended Elvis Presley when he helped record the soundtrack for Viva Las Vegas in 1964. He later said, “Elvis and I were brought up the same humble way – picking cotton and looking at the north end of a south-bound mule.”
After he hosted a 1968 summer replacement for television’s The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour variety show, Campbell was given his own weekly variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour which ran from January 1969 through June 1972. The show’s comedy writers included Steve Martin and Rob Reiner.
Following his late 2010 Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Campbell embarked on a final “Goodbye Tour”, with three of his children joining him in his backup band. He was too ill to travel to Australia and New Zealand in the summer of 2012. His final show was on November 30, 2012, in Napa, California.
In what would be his final recordings. In January 2013, Campbell recorded his final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, during what would be his last recording sessions. The song, which is featured in the 2014 documentary, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”, was released on September 30, 2014, with the documentary following on October 24. On January 15, 2015 Campbell and fellow songwriter Julian Raymond were nominated for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards
In the end, he won 6 Grammys with 3 Grammy Hall Of Fame awards & A Lifetime Achievement award. 10 Academy Of Country Music awards, 3 American Music Awards, 3 Country Music Association Awards, 3 dove awards, 12 gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.
Not bad for a “Country Boy”. God Bless and thanx for the GREAT tunes.