Glen Campbell may be dead now but during his lifetime, he firmly placed himself in the annals of the musical heroes of the golden age, death or living. He lived and made music in the same time when the world enjoyed greats like Dolly Patton, Jim Reeves, and Smokie Robinson. Yet he managed over 70 albums, 80 chatting songs, 45 million global record sales, and numerous awards and album certifications.
Glen may have experienced his best years in music in the 60s and 70s, but he has left off with memories that will live on forever.
Glen Campbell Wiki and Net Worth
His whole life, Campbell was surrounded by family too numerous to count. He was born on April 22, 1936, in Arkansas, to a family of twelve children. His parents, John Wesley and Carrie Dell (Stone) Campbell didn’t have it easy with money. They were small-scale farmers growing crops like cotton, potatoes, corn, and watermelon to survive, but they were hardly getting by. His family had to make extra income by picking cotton for bigger farmers at $1.25 a pound.
Glen Campbell’s family was musical. He owes his early musical inspiration to his Uncle Boo who got him a guitar when he was four and taught him the basics of the instrument. He continued improving his skills by listening to the radio and records such as Django Reinhardt, a man he considered the best guitarist ever.
He would later quit school and move to Houston with this brothers at the age of 14, where they worked installing insulation and subsequently at a gas station. During this time, Glen Campbell continued to find time to do music. He performed at music fairs, church picnics, in the church choir, at local radio stations and later, some appearances in a local nightclub. At 17, Campbell relocated to Albuquerque to join his Uncle’s band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. While there, he also made a showing on his Uncles radio show and on a children’s television program on KOB television. Four years later, in 1958, he formed his own band, The Western Wranglers.
In 1961, he joined The Champs while working a daytime job penning lyrics and recording demos. As his demand as a session musician grew, he joined a group of studio musicians, The Wrecking Crew. In this capacity, Glen was able to work with heavyweights such as The Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and most beneficially, Elvis Presley who he formed a friendship because of their common humble beginnings.
His solo career started in 1961, after he was signed by Crest Records and released his first single, Turn Around, Look At Me which peaked at No.62 on the Billboard Hot 100. He joined Capital Records in 1962, and after a few average successes, he hit a nice patch in his career.
After a short-lived dip in musical prowess, the rest of the 60s and 70s became the best musical periods of his career. Campbell’s 1967 songs Gentle On My Mind and By the Time I Get To Phoenix broke a massive record by winning four Grammys. His 1968 songs, I Wanna Live and Wichita Lineman stayed on Billboard’s Top 100 for 15 consecutive weeks.
His songs Rhinestone Cowboys and Southern Nights, in the mid-1970s, were both number one hits in the US. Rhinestone Cowboys initially sold over 2 million copies and has been used in many movies and TV shows such as High School High and Desperate Housewives. It was also the inspiration for the self-titled movie, Rhinestone by and Dolly Patton.
Glen Campbell TV Shows
Glen Campbell also has a good portfolio as a TV show guest and host. He had his own TV and comedy show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, aired on CBS television from 1969 to June 1972. He was able to host big music names such as The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Roger Miller, thanks to his connections from his time as a session musician.
From 1964, he appeared regularly and sparingly on different TV shows. He was a regular on the syndicated TV series, Star Route, anchored by Rod Cameron, Hollywood Jamboree, ABC’s Shindig, The Merv Griffin Show, and the American Music Awards. He has also co-starred or had cameos in movies such as 1974’s Strange Homecoming and Clint Eastwood’s 1980 movie Any Which Way You Can, for which he recorded the title song.
In 2005, Glen Campbell made it into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. He would go on to record his final three albums, Meet Glen Campbell and Ghost on the Canvas in 2008 and 2010 respectively, and Adios, written in 2012 and released in June 2017.
His last tour, The Goodbye Tour, came following his announcement that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This was followed by his final single in January 2013, I’m Not Gonna Miss You. The song was featured on the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. His wife, Kim Campbell, received the Career Achievement Awards on his behalf at the 10th Annual ACM Honors, where Keith Urban Blake Shelton and a few others sang a medley in tribute to him.
In all Glen Campbell’s album collection include 12 gold-certified albums, 4 platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. At the time of his death, Campbell’s net worth was estimated at $55 million.
Glen Campbell’s Wife, Kids, Family, Son, Height
Glen came from a large family and produced one too. He had four marriages. From these relationships he had eight children; three daughters and five sons.
He met his first wife, Diane Kirk while working with his Uncle in Albuquerque. They were married from 1955 to 1959 and had one daughter, Debby Campbell. He had three children, Billy, Travis, and Kane with his second wife, Billie Jean Nunley, who he divorced in 1976. He wedded Sarah Barg in September of the same year and they had one child, Dillon before divorcing in 1980.
Post-Sarah, he had a brief romantic spat with country artist, Tanya Tucker before he married Kim Woollen in 1982. They had three children. Cal, Shannon, and Ashley, all joined him as a backup in 2010 on his Goodbye Tour.
In the time leading up to his death, his two oldest children sued Kim Campbell, because they didn’t like the way she was handling his assets and taking care of him.
The famous 6ft singer died on August 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. After his death, his former girlfriend, Tanya Tucker recorded a song in his honor. And the Country Music Channel and other channels aired specials celebrating his career while interviewing famous acts who had worked with him throughout his life.