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(In this Feb. 15, 1979, photo, country singers Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker, then engaged to one another, are shown at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.)
By the late ’60s, he was a performer on his own, and an appearance on Joey Bishop’s show led to his TV breakthrough. Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers saw the program and asked Campbell if he’d like to host a summertime series, “The Summer Brothers Smothers Show.”
“The whole lid just blew off,” Campbell told the AP. “I had never had anything like that happen to me. I got more phone calls. It was awesome. For the first couple of days I was like how do they know me? I didn’t realize the power of television.”
His guests included country acts, but also The Monkees, Lucille Ball, Cream, Neil Diamond and Ella Fitzgerald.
Like his crossover contemporaries Johnny Cash, Roy Clark and Kenny Rogers, Campbell also enjoyed success on TV. He had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on CBS.
He released more than 70 of his own albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs. A 2011 album, “Ghost On the Canvas,” included contributions from Jacob Dylan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. “Adios” features collaborations with Willie Nelson and Vince Gill.