Country Singer — Glen Campbell

Glen Wesley Campbell (22 April 1936, Billstown, Arkansas, United States). One famous American pop singers and country representative ages 1960 and 1970 during which acquired the stature of legend, despite only having placed few successes in local radio and international level. It was the author of the theme of the True Grift film that took the same name, this film deserved him an Oscar to John Wayne, the topic was also nominated for the Academy Award. Their success, By The Time I Get To Phoenix (when you get to Phoenix), it would be inside of the classics of American Pop music. The award-winning Grammy on several occasions, being the only to have won such prize in two different categories (country and pop) way simultaneously. Was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the country music in the year 2005


Early, session musician and The Beach Boys

Glen was born into a family extremely humble, originating in the small community of Billstown, his father was a farmer, was the seventh son of a total of twelve. Under the influence of his uncle began playing the guitar, lyrical way, i.e. without having knowledge of reading music. Meet the eighteen years of age he travelled southwards forming part of “The Western Wranglers”. In 1958 he emigrated to Los Angeles to become a musician login (study).

It was much in demand as such by various early ‘ 60s, collaborating with artists: Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard, The Monkees, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Association, Jan & Dean and The Mamas & The Papas.

He was also member of fact and law of the Beach Boys, to cover the absence – by disease-Brian Wilson on the tour from 1964 to 1965, and even participated in recording his album Pet Sounds.

Other classical performances were given by intervening in the already legendary recording of Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (strangers in the night), in where he masterfully executed scores of guitar. Another theme song in which he participated was the song “You’ve Lost That lovin’ feelin’ (you’ve lost that feeling) original the Righteous Brothers, with the classic song”I m a Believer”(am a believer) of The Monkees.

Glen formed part of the famous study group called “The Wrecking Crew” (the invincible crew), essentially comprised the own Glen, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, together they formed the elite professional session musicians who contributed definitively in many songs which became hits during the era of rock and Roll. Also defined – discovered by Phil Spector – the beginnings of the “wall of sound” at the beginning of the 1960s.

Second half of the 1960s

Acting as a solo artist, had a moderate regional success “Turn Around, Look at me”, “To Late to Worry”, “Too Blue to Cry” and “Kentucky Means Paradise” (recorded with a group of court country, called The River Boys), were slightly popular only among the country audience.

In 1962 Campbell signed with Capitol Records, launched two instrumental albums and some vocal albums during their first five years of the company. Without however, in spite of launching the singles written by Brian Wilson (Guess I’m Dumb) in 1960 and Buffy Saint Marie (Universal Soldier) the same year, Glen was not achieving greater success as interpret solo. It was rumored that Capitol already felt the fire him seal in 1966, year in which he teamed up with producer al the DeLory and together collaborated on the topic influenced by the flow of Bob Dylan “Gentle On My Mind” written by John Hartford.

The early success of “Gentle On My Mind” proved that Campbell was ready to embark to success. The song was followed by the subject that would be his biggest success “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” in 1967, “I Wanna Live” and “Wichita Lineman” in 1968.

Glen won two Grammy Awards for “Gentle On My Mind” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, simultaneously.

The biggest successes in 1968-1969 were such songs of authorship of Jimmy Webb, the vast majority. Full album released in 1974 “Reunion: The Songs of Jimmy Webb” Webb topics is seen as one of the finest works of Campbell on whether the disk did not generate any success.

“Wichita Lineman” was selected as one of the great songs of the 20th century by Mojo magazine in 1997 and by the Blender magazine in 2001.

1970 Good times

The withdrawal of the air of the television program “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” Glen lead your own to replace the first one, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour aired since January 1969 until June 1972. To grow their popularity in 1970 was published a biography The Glen Campbell story play by Freda Kramer.

Based on their artistic relations arising from their work as session musician succeeded in convening a pleyade stars their programme to serve as guest, some were: Eric Clapton and Cream, David Gates and bread, The Monkees, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstand, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, also released the singers Anne Murray, Mel Tillis and Johnny Reed, who were part of its programme “Goodtime Hour” regular performers

Early 1970s Campbell launched a large number of singles and appeared in the films “True Grift” with John Wayne and Kim Darby, and “Norwood” Kim Darby and Joe Namath. The “True Grift” theme was nominated for an Academy Award, and Glen interpreted it in the broadcast of the Oscars, the same year.

In 1971 Campbell transfer its programme towards Muny in Forest Park, St. Louis Missouri (the largest and oldest stage outside)

After the cancellation of their program in 1972, Glen even could see regularly in television. Co-estelarizo made, “Strange Homecoming” with Robert Culp and pop-up teen idol Leif Garrett. Led a multitude of special programs like “Down Home, Down Under” with Olivia Newton-John. Participated in the “American Music Award” 1976-1978 and garner the special “Glen Campbell: Back To Basics” with Seals and Crofts and Brenda Lee stars. He was invited to many television shows and variety as “Donny & Marie” (Osmond), “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, “Cher”, “The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour”, “Merv Griffin”, “The Midnight Special” with “Wolfman Jack”, “DINAH!”,”network at POPs with Arthur Fiedler” and “The Mike Douglas Show”. 1982-1983 Led a half-hour program broadcast on NBC.

End of the 70 early 1980s

In the middle of the 1970s cosecho more hits with “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Southern Lights” and “Sunflower”

“Rhinestone Cowboy” was initially the most sold single with more than 2 million copies sold in a few months. Campbell had heard the theme in the version of Larry Weiss singer-songwriter during a tour by Australia, being interested in burn it. It was included in the parodied “JAWS” film as the song “Mr. Jaws” reached the Top 10 in 1975. The song is still being used in films and television shows, including “desperate wives” (2006).

Some of the films that have included it, are Daddy Day Care, and High School High, was the inspiration for the film “Rhinestone” starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton.

Campbell released it in 2002 by the artist techno version British Rikki & Daz and achievement placed in large United Kingdom, apart from having a music video and a dance version 10.

“Southern Nights”(Noches_Sureñas) Allen Toussaint, another rock-country success was also generated by Jimmy Webb who attracted the attention of Glen and Jerry Reed who run introductory song, notes was reproduced in the jukeboxes in 1977 musical number, no.1 in Billboad in that year and another theme that Sunflower, composed by Neil Diamond album top 40 and first lists adult contemporary.

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Of his hit number one on the charts of Campbell’s career cooled. Soon cease Capitol Records in 1981 after a dispute with the label for the song “Highwayman” written by Jimmy Webb label company refused to release it as a single.

Campbell makes a cameo appearance in the Clint Eastwood film called Any witch Way You can’t, for which he also recorded the theme song.

Although it would not reach even the place 40 charts of 1978, Glen would continue in the lists of the genre country during the 1980s with songs like: “Faithless Love”, “A Lady Like You”, “Still Within The Sound Of My Voice” and “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”(a_dueto_con_Steve_Wariner)

When Campbell began having problems to reach the charts and started to abuse drugs, was often romantically involved with singer Tanya Tucker. However for 1989 abandoned drugs and repunto in the charts of country music with songs such as “she’s Gone, Gone, Gone”.

Into the 1990s, their recording sessions were sporadic but fruitful, because it tracks recorded invariably placed within the charts. 1994 Published his autobiography called “Rhinestone Cowboy”.

In 1999 Campbell was presented in the broadcast channel VH-1’s “behind of music” a biographical format A & E Network broadcast, and in a number of country music programmes, has been considered, in the 20th position, nona as one of 40 men of this genre in 2003.

Also been credited as the first to give a great break Alan Jackson. Campbell met this wife at Atlanta Airport (she is an aircraft company Delta Air Lines surcharge), and gave him his musical advertising business card. Jackson has worked with Glen since early 1990s, and many of his musical themes have been published by Glen company: Seven Sons Music. It has also been inspiration to Keith Urban, who referred to it as the most strong influence on her singing career.

Although more than a decade Campbell has professed, and promoted the sobriety among fans in his autobiography, in November 2003 was arrested for driving drunk asking him several positions, some of which were later dropped. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, and provide community service, due to the high level of intoxication which featured.

In 2005 was inducted into the “Hall of Fame of country music”, stated that in 2007 it launched another disk working with Jim Webb.

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