THE RHINESTONE COWBOY IS BACK!
GLEN CAMPBELL ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER/DECEMBER TOUR
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
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
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:
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Glen Campbell Biography
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
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
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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