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.
Reba McEntire recorded her first song in 1976, when she was just 21.
Her first number one record didn’t come for another decade, but she’s been on a roll ever since, and today is a country music icon.
In 1994, Reba wrote an autobiography, and that;s when I met her.
And yes, it was another one of those times that I was pretty starstruck. But she immediately put me at ease.
And that day, I also brought my 11- and 13-year-old daughters and my wife to meet one of our favorite performers. In fact, at one point in this interview, you’ll hear a brief exchange between Reba and my wife.
And after we listen to the interview, stick around — I have to tell you one of my favorite celebrity stories.
So here now, from 1994, Reba McEntire.
Reba McEntire’s most recent album, “Stronger Than the Truth,: was released last year.
And she recently guest starred on TV’s “Young Sheldon.”
Her own TV show, “Reba,” is still seen in syndication.