Happy Birthday to Glen Campbell, who turns 78 today (April 22nd)!!! Campbell is best remembered for his string of 1960's and '70s Top 40 hits, including the Top Tens "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston," and the Number Ones "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."
Campbell announced back in 2011 that he was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Earlier this week it was announced by a family friend that the legendary musician had been moved into an Alzheimer’s facility the week before. His 2012 Goodbye tour was filmed, and the documentary of it, called Campbell. . . I'll Be Me, premiered last Friday (April 18th) at the Nashville Film Festival.
In 2011, Campbell defied the odds and released his last original studio set, Ghost On The Canvas. Among the guest stars on the new set are Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Dandy Warhols, Paul Westerberg, who wrote the album's title track, and former Prince bandmate Wendy Melvin -- whose father Mike Melvin, worked numerous sessions with Campbell in the '60s. Campbell performed his final concert on November 30th, 2012 in Napa, California.
In 2008 he released the critically acclaimed, Meeting Glen Campbell, which featured such cover tunes as John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me," Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)," U2's "All I Want Is You," Foo Fighters' "Times Like These," the Replacements' "Sadly Beautiful," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Walls," and the Velvet Underground's "Jesus," among others.
Campbell was born in Delight, Arkansas, one of 12 children. In 1958, after years of working the club circuits, Campbell headed west and almost immediately found work as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. He says that music came so naturally to him that he never thought much about it, beyond the joy of playing it: "I never really started out to be anything. Country (or) rock, pop -- I didn't do it. I was going to be a guitar player. It never entered my mind that I would be a singer cutting records and singing on the radio. I was basically a guitar player (first)."