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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Remembering Glen Campbell 1936 - 2017



Singer Glen Campbell, who died Tuesday at age 81, sold 50 million records during his long career and won ten Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year (1968) for By the Time I Get to Phoenix and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012). He received two Golden Globe Award nominations in 1970 for Best TV Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his CBS series, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and for Most Promising Male Newcomer for the film, True Grit. And in 2015, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for co-writing "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from the documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Glen Campbell's life and career.

"By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was released on October 23, 1967, and reached #2 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and #26 on its Hot 100 chart.



He and composer John Hartford performed "Gentle on My Mind" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on March 10, 1968 (the song won four 1968 Grammy Awards).



He hosted The Summer Brothers Smothers Show, a 1968 summer replacement series for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and Vikki Carr was a guest on July 14, 1968 (along with regular Pat Paulsen).



"Galveston" was released on February 24, 1969, and reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles and Easy Listening charts and #4 on its Hot 100 chart.



He sang "Wichita Lineman" (#3 Billboard Hot 100 hit) on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on November 3, 1968.



He starred in the 1969 film, True Grit, with John Wayne and Kim Darby.



He hosted his own CBS variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, from January 1969 to June 1972, and Cher was a guest on November 19, 1969, and December 21, 1969.




His second wife, Billie, and their three children, Kelli, Travis and Kane, appeared with him on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Christmas specials on December 21, 1969, and December 20, 1970.




He starred in the 1970 film, Norwood, with Kim Darby, Joe Namath, Carol Lynley and Dom DeLuise.



John Wayne, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and Three Dog Night were guests on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on September 14, 1971.



On September 6, 1973, he was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson with Don Rickles, Dom DeLuise and Jimmy Breslin.



On March 8, 1974, he starred in an NBC special, Glen Campbell & The Musical West, with guests John Wayne, Burl Ives and Michele Lee.



"Rhinestone Cowboy" was released on May 26, 1975, and reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts.



On May 20, 1976, he starred in a CBS special, Glen Campbell: Down Home-Down Under, which was taped in Australia with guest Olivia Newton-John.



He was a guest on The Carol Burnett Show on January 15, 1977.



"Southern Nights" was released on January 17, 1977, and reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Hot Country Singles and Easy Listening charts.



He was a guest on The Sonny & Cher Show on February 4, 1977.



He and Bernadette Peters were guests on ABC's Donny & Marie on October 21, 1977.



On June 19, 1978, he appeared on The Tonight Show with guest host Steve Martin (who was a comedy writer on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour) and performed "Another Fine Mess" from the Burt Reynolds film, The End (the song reached #21 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart).



He and his then girlfriend, singer Tanya Tucker, were co-hosts of NBC's The Midnight Special on August 1, 1980, and they performed their single, "Dream Lover", which reached #59 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. They were also guests on NBC's Tomorrow Coast to Coast with host Tom Snyder in September 1980.




He was a guest on TNN's Country Kitchen with host Florence Henderson in September 1990.



He sang his hits in Rupert Jee's Hello Deli on Late Show with David Letterman on August 7, 1995.

3 comments:

dmappin said...

Glen was a class act. I always looked forward every Sunday night to his program on CBS. I never had the impression he took himself too seriously. He was a charming charismatic performer. I preferred his pop music career to his country but enjoyed his most of his performances, nonetheless.

I lost my Grandfather to Alzheimer's and mourn Campbell's loss. His family must keenly feel his loss, but you know, to have as long a career as he, he leaves us with many memories.

Thank you for posting this commemorating his career, Marc.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Glad you liked my tribute, Doug - and thanks for your comment.

BearTrekker said...

My teenage crush. Sigh.