Born on April 22, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas, Glen Campbell began playing guitar as a youth without ever learning to read music. By the time he was eighteen, he was touring the South as part of the Western Wranglers. In 1958, he moved to Los Angeles to become one of the most sought after studio musicians in town.
“Turn Around. Look At Me” was the first of more than 40 visits to the Hit Parade for Glen with “Gentle On My Mind,” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” in 1967, “Wichita Lineman” in 1968, “Galveston” in 1969, “It’s Only Make Believe” in 1970 “Rhinestone Cowboy” in 1975 and “Southern Nights in 1977, establishing him as a superstar and host of televisions top rated Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” from 1969 through 1972. Glen won four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967 and was named Male vocalist of the year for both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association along with being named Entertainer of the Year in 1968.
Besides appearing on many popular TV shows, as an actor, Glen appeared in the motion picture “True Grit” in 1969 that gave Glen’s title song an Academy Award Nomination. He also appeared in the films “Norwood” and “Strange Homecoming.”
Glen Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, the Hit Parade Parade Hall of Fame in 2oo9 and honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.