Glen Campbell

Long before he was a star in his own right, Glen Campbell could be heard playing on many hits of the 1960s as a session guitarist, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Monkees and Bobby Darin. He also toured with the Beach Boys, depping for Brian Wilson and playing on their classic Pet Sounds album, but he had five years of solo failures before his career finally took off with Gentle On My Mind in 1967. A partnership with songwriter Jimmy Webb produced a rich vein of classic hits - including the classics By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Galveston. Usually identified with country music, he continued to have crossover hits with Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights and for several years he had his own networked TV show in America. A series of personal problems damaged his career but he recovered to go back on the road and renew his partnership with Jimmy Webb.

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07-07-2011