Glen Campbell

Photo: Capitol Records

He was the kid from a small town in Arkansas who grew up to become a country and western superstar.

Born in 1936, Glen Campbell first took up the guitar as a young boy. By the time he was in his twenties, he was an in-demand studio musician in Los Angeles, recording with some of the biggest names of the day.

He broke out as a solo artist in the mid-’60s, and had his first big hit — “Gentle on My Mind” — in 1967.

Then came more chart-toppers: “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”.. “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife” .. “Wichita Lineman” ..”Galveston” .. “Rhinestone Cowboy”.. and “Southern Nights.”

He also had his own very popular TV variet show.

But in his personal life, there was also serious substance abuse.

In 1994, Glen Campbell wrote his memoir, a book he called Rhinestone Cowboy. And that’s when I met him.

So here now, from 1994, Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. He died in 2017. He was 81.

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