Glen Campbell

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1987 (The 1988 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1991 (ranked #9 in the Sidemen (Individuals) category) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1967)
Wichita Lineman (1968)
Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)
Southern Nights (1977)

Glen Campbell @ Wikipedia

Glen Campbell Videos

Will Glen Campbell be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


30 comments so far (post your own)

Note: Glen Cambell was a member of Phil Spector's "Wrecking Crew"

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 19:22pm

Glen performed on recording sessions, as many as 500 date a year from 1962-1968. Artists included Elvis, Rick Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Jan & Dean, Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Nancy Sinatra, Ray Charles, and hundreds more. He was a member of The Beach Boys for six months and also was a member of The Champs.

Posted by Phillip on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 10:15am

Glen Campbell earned his right to be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame long before his own career as a feature artist ever took off. From approx 1960 to 1967 he was one of THE most in-demand guitarists of the LA music sceen; everyone wanted him to play on their records. In addition to playing on records by such luminaries as Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Mammas and the Papas, Dean Martin, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Jan & Dean, the Righteous Brothers and a host of others (not to mention a number of world famous records produced by Phil Spector), he was also a member of the Beach Boys. He played as a session guitarist on most of the Beach Boys' biggest hits, and when Brian Wilson fell ill in 1965, they invited Glen to take his place in the group, which he did for about a year. They offered him a permanent position in the band, but Glen had other career aspirations and the rest, as they say, is history.

So: will Glen Campbell ever be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame? Probably not. Is he deserving of the honor? Absolutely and without question, yes!

Posted by Jeff on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 10:27am

Glen should be considered for induction for "Wichita Lineman" alone if nothing else. So many artists have stated that this is there favorite song of all time. And Glen has been named as a major influence on there music career.
Glen still has the ability to attract a large following of loyal fans,even 40 years on

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 11.6.07 @ 10:09am

AS others here have stated, Glen Campbell was a session LEGEND in the 60s. That's his guitar work on the First Editions psych-drenched 'What Condition My Condition Was In' and the 12 string intro to The Beach Boys classic 'Dance Dance Dance', and yeah, that him playing on Sinatra's 'Strangers In The Night'. WE could go on for hours on his work on chart hits alone.Glen was probably the most sought after west coast session guitarist in the mid 60s. He belongs in the R&R HOF.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 20:18pm

Glen Campbell going in as a sideman...that does make some sense. He really is a great guitar player!

Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 20:25pm

For years I could never admit to my buddies that I thought "Wichita Lineman" ruled totally. Then one day, driving along w/ these same friends, that song came on, and when I went to change it (thinking someone else would do so if I opted not to), I was challenged on it. After that, everything was cool. I thought a car full of die-hard Metallica fans would never concede to Glen Campbell, but...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:25am

For years I could never admit to my buddies that I thought "Wichita Lineman" ruled totally. Then one day, driving along w/ these same friends, that song came on, and when I went to change it (thinking someone else would do so if I opted not to), I was challenged on it. After that, everything was cool. I thought a car full of die-hard Metallica fans would never concede to Glen Campbell, but...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:25am

Besides his own stuff. He was a great sideman studio player in the "GOLD STAR STUDIO" DAYS FROM THE BEACH BOYS, BYRDS ,TO THE MONKEYS ....

Posted by MRxyz on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:43am

Here's one for ya, mrxyz...I think Campbell should definitely get some consideration, especially as a sideman. Besides having a decent solo career, he was at one time a member of the Wrecking Crew, played with the Beach Boys, and was at one time probably THE most sought after session guitarist around.

To me, he was to guitar what Hal Blaine was to drums... He does take a really bad mug shot, though...LOL!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 11.28.08 @ 11:18am

Yes as Sideman or Act a true surf guitar guy
From Beach boy to country boy
Surfs UP!

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 11.28.08 @ 13:51pm

If his solo career had been more sporadic and less prolific, he'd probably already be in as a Side-Man by now. His career as a musician, especially in the field of country music, inhibits his chances of Side-Man induction more than anything else, imo.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 11.28.08 @ 15:42pm

Yes to the Wichita Lineman.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 10:56am

The football team I played on when I was a teen changed the words of Wichita Lineman to Warlord Lineman. Great song; both versions ;-)

We used to play Ironman before each game. Then we started playing W.L. as well.

Great musician.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 06:05am

Very deserving. Just for Galveston and Wichita Lineman alone (although pennned by Jimmy Webb - is he in yet?)

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 01:09am

From artist, writer to sideman Heck he even had his own TV show.. YES

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 17:09pm

Glen Campbell would fit in the RRHOF perfectly as a sideman for his session work with the Wrecking Crew

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.20.10 @ 12:42pm

Well if I had bothered to read the comments before I posted I would have seen what I said had already been said (and more than once too!!). Oh well, guess that's what happens when one misses the initial wave of discussions on some of these pages.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.20.10 @ 12:44pm

I hear Glen Campbell is ill; it would be great if he could be inducted sooner rather than later.

Wichita Lineman is one of those perfect songs, along with all of his other great vocals.

Posted by frank morello on Thursday, 08.4.11 @ 11:40am

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"Glen Campbell Should Be In The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame!!!"

Posted by Diamond on Wednesday, 09.28.11 @ 22:31pm

I sure everybody agrees that Glen should be in
From his own albums to the studio musician and writer Monkees Beach Boys to his own TV show , to who know what!

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 03.15.12 @ 10:00am

Glen Campbell should be in the RRHoF. His musicianship is second to none. As an interpreter, arranger and singer of songs there is nobody better. Quite simply he belongs in the RRHoF and it's a disgrace that he hasn't been in for a long, long time.

Posted by cd8jbr on Monday, 12.30.13 @ 07:49am

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Posted by Diamond on Monday, 12.30.13 @ 19:45pm

Watched 'I'll Be Me' the other night on Netflix. If you're a fan or if you're not that familiar with Campbell, this is a must-watch. The film is a straight-up tribute to Campbell's career (features old videos of home movies and TV performances), his last tour and last studio recording as well as throwing in his efforts to raise Alzheimer's awareness in Washington.

I only knew a few of his hits, and I knew he did a lot of side work, most notably for the Beach Boys. It then occurred to me: why the hell isn't he in the RRHOF?! At least he's in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Another reason for the Rock Hall to be not taken seriously.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 02.3.16 @ 22:24pm

Why isn't Glen Campbell in the RRHOF?? It doesn't make any sense to me. He has certainly shown his eligibility so what is the problem? Wake up "powers that be" - half the people in this group got their inspiration from Glen - what does it take to get him inducted. He should have been inducted before he got so far into the throws of Alzheimer's - he deserves the honor!!

Posted by Martha Hannah on Saturday, 04.8.17 @ 21:37pm

Viewing his outstanding guitar-master solos throughout the years alone should be enough to inspire people to vote him into this place of honor!

Posted by aroth on Wednesday, 04.12.17 @ 11:17am

RIP Glen Campbell; it's a damn shame you have not already been inducted into the Rock Hall yet. One of the few crossover successes in both the pop/rock and country genres, he won Grammys in both country and pop categories at the 1967 ceremony. He wrote, collaborated and produced so many classics. "Witchita Lineman" is, IMO, one of the ten pop songs ever recorded. He would be an excellent candidate for the Sidemen or Musical Excellence categories.

Posted by Nick on Tuesday, 08.8.17 @ 18:40pm

R.I.P. Glenn, maybe you will make the hall of fame someday.

Posted by Brian Snyder on Tuesday, 08.8.17 @ 18:40pm

He should be in the HOF via the Musical Excellence category along with the other members of The Wrecking Crew who have not yet gone in.

I see no need to induct most country music acts, unless they had direct impacts and influence on Rock N Roll (that's why Johnny Cash was inducted); or in cases where the lines are pretty blurred - most genres are as much about marketing as it is about the musical intentions of the artists after all. Country as a genre precedes Rock N Roll and has its own very well established HOF.

But much as I have little interest in the easy listening pop-tinged country ballads that Campbell became famous for - he absolutely belongs in the Rock HOF for his studio work because of all the hugely successful Pop and Rock recordings he played guitar on.

Posted by Shrek on Wednesday, 08.9.17 @ 18:07pm

RIP Glen. Hopefully you're at peace now, no longer suffering from Alzheimer's.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.9.17 @ 21:32pm

Yes to the Rhinestone Cowboy.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 08.10.17 @ 20:30pm

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