Born the seventh son in a family of 12 children in the small town of Delight, Arkansas, Glen Campbell got his love of music from his family. They made their living as sharecroppers, but they also instilled an interest in music in Campbell when he was a young boy. By the time he was 16, Campbell had pawned his guitar and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join his uncle's band. This launched a career that saw Campbell become a successful country and pop recording star, host his own variety television show (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which ran 1969-1972), and earn a Golden Globe nomination. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 1960, he moved from Albuquerque to Los Angeles, where he quickly became known as one of the best session musicians in the industry, playing guitar and bass on tracks by Frank Sinatra, The Monkees, Jan and Dean, and many others.
Steve Martin was a writer on Campbell's variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. "We all just immediately admired his talent, Martin said in the documentary Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me. "He was completely game, completely fun, and had kind of a down-home sense of humor. It was an incredible treat for us young writers to be introduced to talent at that level at such a young age."
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