Glen Campbell fused pop melodies and country music to become an American music icon. On his 75 trips up the music charts, 27 landed him in the Top 10, with his most popular songs, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights, topping both the country and pop charts. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Skip to main content. Buy new:.
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When released in , it enjoyed huge popularity with both country and pop audiences. It did not, however, have much of a commercial impact as a single. In late , Campbell heard the song on the radio and, during a tour of Australia , decided to learn it. As Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic put it, the song is about a veteran artist "who's aware that he's more than paid his dues during his career
He was During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In , one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles. Campbell was a rare breed in the music business, with various careers as a top-level studio guitarist, chart-topping singer and hit television host. Campbell was born in in Billstown, Arkansas, the seventh son in a sharecropping family of 12 kids. In his youth, Campbell started playing guitar and became obsessed with jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. He dropped out of school when he was 14 and moved to Wyoming with an uncle who was a musician, playing gigs together at rural bars. He soon moved to Los Angeles and by had solidified a spot in the Wrecking Crew, a group of session pros.