Five-time Grammy® Award winner Glen Campbell was born April 22, 1936, in Delight, Ark. He began his career as a sought-after session player, adding his guitar playing to recordings by Ricky Nelson, the Mamas and the Papas, Frank Sinatra, Merle Haggard and others. His guitar picking even landed him a spot on a Beach Boys tours, subbing for Brian Wilson.
His big break as a solo artist came with his release of the John Hartford classic "Gentle on My Mind," for which he won one of his five Grammy Awards. It was Campbell's recordings of a string of songwriter Jimmy Webb's songs that helped Campbell dominate the country charts in the late '60s. "By the Time I Get to Pheonix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston" became classics and paved the way for "I Wanna Live" and "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife." In 1975, he topped the charts with "Rhinestone Cowboy" followed by another No. 1, "Southern Nights," in 1977.
His musical talents and natural good looks primed him for television. He hosted The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1968 to 1972. In addition to the popular variety series, he starred in 1969's True Grit alongside John Wayne.
In addition to several gospel recordings, Campbell recounted the peaks and valleys of his personal and professional life in 1994's Rhinestone Cowboy: An Autobiography. Campbell released Ghost on the Canvas (his 61st studio album) in 2010. Simply put, it is the album of Glen Campbell’s life. Take that as literally or figuratively as you like and it still is the case. With beauty, power, heartfelt emotion and deep spirituality, this set of songs – a song cycle, if you will – traces the arc of Campbell’s 75 years. In 2012, he released a live album that was previously only released in Japan.
Live From Japan