Fast Facts

  • One of 12 children.
  • Received his first guitar at age 4.
  • Began playing in country bands at 14.
  • Left school at 16 to pursue music full-time. 
  • Formed his own band, the Western Wranglers, at age 18.
  • Moved to L.A. in the late 1950s to become a studio musician.
  • Briefly joined the Champs, best known for their hit "Tequila." 
  • Became part of the famed "Wrecking Crew"—a group of session musicians who played on many Phil Spector sessions.
  • Released his first single, "Turn Around, Look at Me," in 1961. One of the people who heard it on the radio: a 14-year-old Jimmy Webb, who would go on to write many of Campbell's classic hits.
  • Became a touring member of the Beach Boys after Brian Wilson retired from the road in 1965, but decided against joining them full-time.
  • Had his big breakthrough in 1967 with "Gentle on My Mind" and the Webb-penned "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."
  • Scored five No. 1 country hits ("I Wanna Live," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights") and two No. 1 pop hits ("Rhinestone Cowboy," "Southern Nights") during his career.
  • Published his autobiography, Rhinestone Cowboy, in 1994. 
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Has his own theater in Branson, MO.
  • Announced in 2011 that he has Alzheimer's disease.


  • 2014, Grammy — Best Country Song: Winner
  • 1970, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee


  • Kimberly Campbell — Wife
  • Lindell Campbell — Brother
  • Sarah — Ex-wife
  • Carrie Dell Campbell — Mother
  • Shannon Campbell — Son
  • Diane — Ex-wife
  • Tanya Tucker — Ex-significant Other
  • Billie Jean Nunley — Ex-wife
  • Debby Campbell-Cloyd — Daughter
  • Wesley Campbell — Father
  • Cal Campbell — Son
  • Ashley Campbell — Daughter

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  • Birth Name: Glen Travis Campbell
  • Birth Place: Delight, AR
  • Profession: Country-pop singer, Guitarist

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