- By Ken Werther
- Photo Courtesy of Paul Shefrin
When country music superstar Glen Campbell passed away on August 8 at the age of 81, he left behind a legacy that over the course of 50 years in the music business includes more than 70 studio albums and 45 million records sold worldwide. He was a movie star (True Grit, Norwood), a television star (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and a Grammy Award-winner (making history in 1967 by winning four in the country and pop categories for two of his most popular and enduring songs, “Gentle on My Mind” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix).” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Many of the amazing things Campbell did early in his career are little known. He started playing guitar at age four, but never learned to read music. He could also play the banjo, mandolin, and bass. He was a session musician for countless artists, including Elvis Presley. By 1963 his playing and singing could be heard on 586 recorded songs. He was a touring member of The Beach Boys from 1965-66! Campbell was widely considered one of the best guitar players in the entire music industry. His final album was recorded in 2012 and released earlier this year. One thing’s for sure — there will never be another Glen Campbell.