Glen Campbell Visits The GRAMMY Museum

Legendary GRAMMY-winning artist discusses his latest album and performs a selection of hits with his children
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July 12, 2012 -- 11:36 am PDT

Five-time GRAMMY winner Glen Campbell was a recent guest for an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Campbell discussed his career journey, performing with his children and his latest album, Ghost On The Canvas. Campbell also performed a brief set of his hits, including "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Galveston" and "Try A Little Kindness."

"I raised my kids and taught them how to play," said Campbell. "It's so great to have your kids [performing] with you, and they can cut it so that's cool." 

Born in Delight, Ark., Campbell became one of the most sought-after session guitarists in Los Angeles as well as a touring member of the Beach Boys in the early '60s. Campbell's mainstream breakthrough, 1967's Gentle On My Mind, reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200. That same year, he won four GRAMMYs, including Best Vocal Performance, Male for "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and Best Country & Western Recording for "Gentle On My Mind." In 1968 Campbell's By The Time I Get To Phoenix earned the coveted GRAMMY Album Of The Year honor. Campbell topped the Billboard 200 twice in 1968 with Wichita Lineman and That Christmas Feeling.

Campbell's catalog includes several Top 40 albums, including Galveston (No. 2, 1969), Try A Little Kindness (No. 12, 1970), The Glen Campbell Goodtime Album (No. 27, 1970), Rhinestone Cowboy (No. 17, 1975), and Southern Nights (No. 22, 1977). The title tracks for the latter two albums reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Campbell transitioned into television with "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," a musical variety series that aired from 1969–1972. His career also includes work as an actor in films and TV movies, including a major role in the 1969 film True Grit starring John Wayne.

In 2008 he released Meet Glen Campbell, a covers album consisting of songs by Foo Fighters, Green Day, John Lennon, and Tom Petty, among others. In 2011, following his announcement that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Campbell released Ghost On The Canvas, an album featuring collaborations with Billy Corgan, Dick Dale, Jakob Dylan, and Chris Isaak, among others. This past February, Campbell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. He was also among the performers at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, performing a medley of his hits with country trio the Band Perry and Blake Shelton.

Campbell is currently in the midst of his Goodbye Tour, and has concert dates scheduled in the United States, New Zealand and Australia through October. His current touring band includes daughters Ashley (banjo) and Shannon (guitar), and son Cal (drums).

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Susanna Hoffs (July 16), An Evening With Peter Case (July 17), Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust: The Talk With Producer Ken Scott (July 19), and An Evening With The Mavericks (July 23).

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