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THE RHINESTONE COWBOY IS BACK!
2009

GLEN CAMPBELL ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER/DECEMBER TOUR

 Glen Campbell, whose graceful vocal and guitar skills earned him a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame, returns to Australia in November for eight concerts in Townsville, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Tamworth, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, accompanied by his vocalist daughter Debby and stellar band.

With five Grammy Awards on his mantle and sales of more than 45 million recordings, Glen is regarded just as highly by industry peers as by a global audience.  The Most Played Song of the Millennium, Wichita Lineman, Gentle On My Mind and By The Time I Get To Phoenix are all enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame, while his million-selling Rhinestone Cowboy won Song of the Year honours from the Academy of Country Music.

 

His great melodies are further underscored by the indelible hits Galveston, Southern Nights, Country Boy (You've Got Your Feet In L.A.), Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife, Still Within The Sound Of My Voice and others.

Glen's own music is just part of the story. As a Los Angeles Wrecking Crew session guitarist, he contributed to the hits of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Merle Haggard, Nat King Cole, Ricky Nelson, Jan & Dean, The Righteous Brothers & The Beach Boys. He was such a close friend of The Beach Boys that when Brian Wilson famously chose to stop touring, Glen served as his replacement on the road.

In short order, Glen became one of the most visible Country stars around the world. He hosted his own network television show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which attracted weekly global audiences of fifty million and ran for three years.  In addition, he frequently left the U.S. for successful tours in Europe and Australia. In fact, Keith Urban counts a Glen Campbell concert from his youth among the shows that inspired his rise to international prominence.

 Glen was inducted into the 2005 Country Music Hall of Fame and has received Country Music Association Entertainer & Male Vocalist of the Year awards, multiple Academy of Country Music trophies (including the prestigious Pioneer Award) and a Gospel Music Association Dove Award.  

He starred alongside John Wayne in the classic film True Grit, featured on best-seller lists with Rhinestone Cowboy: An Autobiography and was named one of CMT's 40 Greatest Men in Country Music History.
 

In 2002, Glen was introduced to a younger generation through the comedic dance-floor rendition of Rhinestone Cowboy (Giddy Up Giddy Up), featuring Manchester's Rikki & Daz. In 2008 & 2009, he demonstrated his unwavering relevance with Meet Glen Campbell, critically acclaimed U2, Tom Petty, Travis and John Lennon re-imaginings and released his own Greatest Hits album.

Glen's signature tunes are classic, often melding timeless lyrics with far-ranging melodies that only the most flexible singers can attempt.  Glen delivers these hits as effortlessly as when he first recorded them and he remains one of the elite guitarists of his genre.


On this tour, Glen is accompanied by feature vocalist of twenty years, daughter Debby and his awesome band, performing a magical mix of pure Country, contemporary classics and romantic Pop melodies, suitable for all ages.

TOUR DATES ARE:

NOVEMBER 24       TOWNSVILLE ENTERTAINMENT & CONVENTION CENTRE
                             www.tecc.net.au  & 07 4771 4000                     
 
NOVEMBER 27        USQ CLIVE BERGHOFER RECREATION CENTRE TOOWOOMBA
                             www.studentguild.com.au & 07 4631 1588 
 
NOVEMBER 28                   BRISBANE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE
                             www.ticketek.com.au  & 132 849
 
NOVEMBER 30                   CONRAD JUPITERS GOLD COAST
                             www.ticketmaster.com.au  & 136 100
 
DECEMBER 1     TAMWORTH REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT & CONFERENCE CENTRE
                             www.visittamworth.com  & 02 6767 5300 
 
DECEMBER 2       STATE THEATRE SYDNEY
                             www.ticketmaster.com.au  & 136 100
 
DECEMBER 5            ROYAL THEATRE CANBERRA
                             www.ticketek.com.au  & 132 849
 
DECEMBER 6            PALAIS THEATRE MELBOURNE
                             www.ticketmaster.com.au  & 136 100
TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 2009
  www.ampresents.com     www.glencampbellshow.com

 

Glen Campbell Biography
 
Becoming a bonafide living legend isn’t as easy as Glen Campbell makes it look. First, you have to have a solid foundation of talent on which to build ­ like being one of the hottest guitar players in the world. Then you have to record songs that will stand the test of time ­ standards such as “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman.” And of course, to be a “living” legend, you need to survive the harsh reality of a celebrity lifestyle. Check, check, and check.

It certainly doesn’t hurt to have a witty, bantering stage style that draws fans like college students to Daytona Beach, or a hit television show viewed by 50 million people every week for three years.

When you put it all together, the result is a career that spans forty-five years and fans that cross generational and international lines. In other words: Glen Campbell.

Not only do Glen’s special appearances as co-headliner at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson draw sold-out crowds, but he’s still a hot draw on television as well. In 2000, PBS aired a Glen Campbell Special taped in Sioux Falls, SD, and he’s been profiled recently on A&E’s Biography, VH-1 Behind The Scenes, and CMT’s Inside Fame.

Although Glen was already hitting the top of both the country and pop charts by 1969, the Goodtime Hour gave his career “legs.” The popular CBS musical variety series was simulcast on the BBC from England to Singapore to Australia and paved the way for five BBC specials. The exposure gave Glen a global presence he enjoys to this day, 37 years later. He has toured the UK 15 times, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s awesome when you think about the power of TV and movies,” Glen comments. “If I hadn’t had hit records, I wouldn’t have gotten TV and movies, but the Goodtime Hour made my career explode all over the world.”

Besides having one of the most successful variety shows in television history, Glen will be remembered as one of the best guitarists of his generation. His musicianship has inspired many of today’s most renowned pickers, including Alan Jackson, Steve Wariner and Keith Urban and lives on in the tracks of the most legendary collections of the 20th century. His enormous success as a crossover artist also paved the way for hitmakers such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton to break genre barriers. In addition, Glen was one of the first country artists to forge a path into Hollywood’s studio back lots. His portrayal of John Wayne’s young sidekick in the classic True Grit will be viewed by generations to come.

Glen’s tremendous impact on the artistic scene was an unlikely outcome for a sharecropper’s son, one of 12 children raised in rural Billstown, Arkansas. But Glen’s father recognized his talent early and bought his youngster a five-dollar Sears & Roebuck guitar. The child prodigy had conquered the instrument by the time he was 10. At 16, Glen left school to pursue music full time. He started in a three-piece combo with his uncle, Dick Bills, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but was soon touring the Southwest fronting his own band.

In 1961, the 24-year-old musician hit the Los Angeles studio scene like a blast of fresh air. Glen quickly became a sought-after studio picker, his talents enriching records by such artists as Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Jan & Dean and the Righteous Brothers. In addition, Phil Spector and Jimmy Bowen used him for most of their projects, and the Beach Boys invited him to join their group in the mid-sixties. He toured with that legendary band for 18 months in 1964 and ‘65, until his own solo career took off.

Glen had released a single, “Turn Around Look At Me,” on a regional label in 1961 that cracked the charts and got the attention of Capitol Records. His first album for Capitol, Big Bluegrass Special, was recorded under the name The Green River Boys Featuring Glen Campbell. The debut collection yielded one Top 20 hit, “Kentucky Means Paradise,” and Glen continued to record for the label. Then, in 1967, “Gentle On My Mind” broke the world open like an oyster for Glen Campbell.

The single initially only made it to #30 in Billboard. More than a year later, however ­ after Glen had become a crossover sensation with “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “I Wanna Live” and “The Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife” ­ “Gentle On My Mind” made an incredible second chart climb. His success continued with the late 1968 release of “Wichita Lineman,” which hit #1 country and #3 on the pop charts. “Galveston” revisited that crossover success in early 1969.

In 1968, Tommy Smothers caught Glen’s guest-star appearance on The Joey Bishop Show. Tommy and Dickie Smothers were so impressed by his presence and talent that they asked Glen to host their summer replacement series, The Summer Brothers Smothers Show. Glen’s musical proficiency and natural wit sent the ratings through the roof. CBS executives were so delighted by Glen’s unexpected popularity that they offered the fledgling star his own series. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour took to the airwaves in January 1969, and immediately soared to number one. And the variety show’s talented host became a household word across America and around the world.

The success of the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was due to Glen’s triple-decker talent as a musician, singer and humorist and the guests he brought on the show. Glen gave viewers what they wanted: the best talent in a variety of entertainment and musical genres ­ Buck Owens and Lucille Ball; Eric Clapton with Cream and Kenny Rogers with The First Edition; Anne Murray and Ray Charles; Merle Haggard and Stevie Wonder; Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and Ella Fitzgerald. In the process, Glen gave a tremendous boost to the careers of many fledgling artists.

“We had a lot of country, but we did every kind of music,” Glen explains. “The Monkees were on, and so was Johnny Cash.”

In 1969, Glen had a hit with “True Grit,” recorded for the soundtrack of the movie in which he starred with John Wayne. His star continued to shine through the next decade as well. Two of his singles landed at #1 on both country and pop charts: “Rhinestone Cowboy” in 1975 and “Southern Nights” in 1977. In fact, Glen’s chart history is one of the most formidable in country music. In 1987, “Still Within The Sound Of My Voice” became one of the year’s most played records. That same year, one of the young stars who cite Glen’s influence as the main reason they chose a musical path ­ Steve Wariner ­ joined his hero on the hit duet, “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.”

Glen’s accolades as a musician and singer are as impressive as his talent. He made history by winning a Grammy in both country and pop categories in 1967: “Gentle On My Mind” snatched the country honors, and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” won in pop. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the CMA and the ACM, and took the CMA’s top honor as Entertainer of the Year. In 2005 Glen was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by the Country Music Association of America. In 1999 he won the coveted AMC Pioneer Award for “outstanding and unprecedented achievements in the field of country music.”

During his 45 years in show business, Glen has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and racked up 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. Of his 75 trips up the charts, 27 landed in the Top 10.

In the 1990s, Glen released a series of gospel albums, which opened up new vistas for the star and garnered a prestigious Dove Award. His tell-all autobiography, Rhinestone Cowboy, shot to the best-seller list when it was released in 1994. He released The Glen Campbell Collection (1962-1989) in 1997 and a new Christmas album in 1999.

Living in Malibu with his wife, Kim, and their three children, Glen is reaping the rewards of 47 years of hard work. He is in the enviable ­ and well-earned ­ position of being able to pick and choose his tour dates and appearances, and he gets to spend quality time with his family. Even on the road, Glen has family at hand. His eldest daughter from his first marriage, Debby, joined his stage show in 1987 and has toured with him ever since.

Of course, there’s one other activity that Glen attends to with the concentration of a pro athlete. Whether he’s at home in Malibu, performing on the road, or guesting at Andy Williams’ theatre in Branson, Glen is constantly perfecting his golf game!
 

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