He would in the 1970s be the Rhinestone Campbell and in the 2000’s be a famous singer suffering from Alzheimer’s. Born in 1936 Arkansas this man had country in every vein. He would during the 1960s become a session singer and player for a host of star names including Elvis, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, That is not bad going is it?
Glenn by the late 1960s was having hits under his own name; the biggest of course is the amazing Wichita Line. He won two Grammys alone in the 1960s. He was on TV with the Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour which had stars like the Monkees and Johnny Cash appear on it. The show finished its run in 1972. But by now Glenn could do no wrong at all, and was in demand as an actor and singer.
Glenn won three American Country Awards in 1976 and 77. He has to date received TEN Grammy awards and a host of other country awards worldwide.
His 1970 hits were very memorable. Two hits in 1970, the biggest being It’s Only Make Believe the 1958 hit from Conway Twitty (sounds like a budgie name). But it was 1974 that Glenn made his name again in the 70s with the classic Rhinestone Cowboy. I remember watching the “video” on Top Of The Pops and seeing him on a horse and singing, of course it was all dubbed, but nevertheless I was impressed. Contrary to popular belief Glenn did not write the song at all.
Moving forward to 1977 for his next top thirty UK hit called Southern Nights which was inspired by writer Allen Toussaint who grew up in Louisiana. This became a million seller and the song of the year at the Country Music Association.
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