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Born in Delight, Arkansas on April 22, 1936, Glen Campbell had already become a skilled guitarist by age sixteen and dropped out of high school to play in music out West. Within a decade of leaving home Campbell eventually landed a gig as a session musician for Capitol Records and played guitar on a plethora of landmark recordings from artists like the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, the Monkees and Elvis Presley.
By the late-1960s Campbell fully made the transition from unknown sideman to a full fledge star in his own right. In 1967 his song “By the Time I Get to Pheonix” became the first of twenty-one Top 40 hits for the country singer, which later included “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” 1967 also saw the release of Gentle on My Mind, which was not only his first Top 5 album on the Billboard 200, but the first of nine No. 1 albums on the US Country Albums chart as well. Over his illustrious decades-spanning career Glen Campbell has additionally been honored with five Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, and seven Academy of Country Music Awards. Earlier this month Campbell, who had gone on a farewell tour in 2011 after announcing he was coming down with Alzheimer’s disease, released his final studio album See You There, a collection of stripped-down versions of his most beloved songs.
Celebrate years of Glen Campbell with us today at 5pm for Throwback Thursday only on 88.9 WERS!