As the world mourns the loss of Prince yesterday, we’ve decided to celebrate the 80th birthday of another music legend: the great Glen Campbell!
Born in 1936, Campbell played on recordings for The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley in the 1950s and 1960s before launching into his own phenomenal solo career.
After teaming with producer Al De Lory in 1966, Campbell recorded some of his greatest tracks: “Gentle On My Mind”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and- one of my favourite songs of all time- “Wichita Lineman”, written by Jimmy Webb.
Campbell co-starred with John Wayne in 1969’s True Grit, for which he received an Oscar nomination. In the late 60s, his hits included “Galveston” and “Where’s The Playground, Susie?”.
His weekly TV show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour featured guest appearances from The Monkees, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash.
Campbell’s 2008 album featured covers of U2, Green Day and Foo Fighters songs (many of which- in our opinion- are better than the originals).
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, but continued to tour until late 2012. His final months of performing are documented in the film I’ll Be Me, and his last recorded track “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” received an Oscar nomination in 2015.
So Happy 80th, Glen Campbell! You truly are one of America’s greatest living artists!