On Sunday, April 10th at 11 am, join me for the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight when we'll focus the spotlight on Glen Campbell.  Join me for country classics from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday mornings at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online and on your mobile device.

Glen Campbell, a very gifted singer and guitarist, had his breakthrough song when he recorded John Hartford’s “Gentle on my Mind” in 1967. That song hit number 30 on the country chart. Country radio loved it and so did the listeners.

Campbell’s biggest hits were in the late 1960’s written by his friend Jimmy Webb, “By the Time I get to Phoenix,” “Galveston” and my favorite “Wichita Line Man.”  He also hosted his own variety show, ‘The Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour’ from 1969 through June 1972.  In 1969, he co-starred with John Wayne in the film “True Grit” which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination. “Rhinestone Cowboy” was Campbell’s biggest selling single well over 2-million copies sold that was in 1975.

In 2011, he announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Campbell went on a final “Goodbye Tour” his final show was on November 30, 2012 in Napa, California.  He also stopped at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud just a few years ago.  Campbell is now in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  He is now living in a memory care facility where he is reportedly unable to communicate.

Campbell will turn 79 on April 22nd.  He’s been married four times and has eight children.



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