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Glen Campbell: “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy”

Unfortunately, Glen Campbell is battling Alzheimer’s Disease. Vintage Vinyl News reported last month that the disease is having an impact.

Here is the start of Glen Campbell’s profile at The Country Music Hall of Fame site:

Born into a sharecropping family near Delight, Arkansas, on April 22, 1936, Glen Travis Campbell rose to national prominence in the late 1960s on the strength of a string of pop and country hits and a CBS-TV series, The Glen Campbell Good-Time Hour (1968-1972). A top-flight Los Angeles session guitarist and vocalist for several years, he assisted such talents as Ricky Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Merle Haggard, and the Beach Boys in the recording studio. He also made records of his own, including two albums with Tut Taylor and the Dillards, as the Folkswingers, and an album with the Green River Boys titled Big Bluegrass Special.

Among Campbell’s hits are Gentle on My Mind and Galveston. Above is Wichita Lineman and below is Rhinestone Cowboy.

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