Glen Campbell: 10 Essential Hits

Legacy Lives On in Hit Songs "Galveston," "Gentle On My My Mind" and More

It was hard to escape Glen Campbell in the late ’60s. His music was everywhere.

Outside the country genre, he played guitar on Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, the Monkees 1966 self-titled debut, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and other recordings by the Everly Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Jan & Dean. In addition to sessions for producer Phil Spector, Campbell also worked on at least two Merle Haggard albums, including 1966’s Swinging Doors.

And that all happened before Campbell won his first of four Grammy awards for “Gentle on My Mind” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” in 1967. In 1968, he became the first country artist to win a Grammy for album of the year for By the Time I Get to Phoenix.

His variety show, the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, ran on CBS from 1968 to 1972. And he had a career as movie actor, appearing in 1969’s True Grit, 1970’s Norwood and the 1974 TV movie, Strange Homecoming.

His final album, Adiós, was released in June.

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