55 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Goes #1 With Lone Star Anthem “Galveston”

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“Galveston” By Glen Campbell Is A Country Classic

Early in 1969, Glen Campbell released the single that would go on to earn an iconic status in country music history. The song, titled “Galveston,” was written by Jimmy Webb and made popular by Campbell.

Webb and Campbell collaborated many times through the years. Besides “Galveston,” Webb is also known for writing Campbell’s blue-collar anthem “Wichita Lineman.”


Glen Campbell recorded the song "Galveston" and turned it into a #1 hit
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Campbell took his recording of “Galveston” to the#1 on the country charts on April 19, 1969. The song also crossed over to claim the fourth spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Years later, “Galveston” continued to receive recognition from the country community when CMT ranked it eighth on its 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music list.

Texas Made “Galveston” An Official Anthem

Due to the song’s popularity and mention of the real-life city of Galveston, Texas, “Galveston” has become a Lone Star state theme song. It is now considered the official anthem for the city of Galveston, as well as Galveston Island.

The song’s lyrics tell the story of a soldier who daydreams about his sweetheart back home in Galveston as he waits to go into battle. Despite all of the chaos going on around him, the soldier finds happiness thinking about Galveston, as he sings:

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing. While I watch the cannons flashing. I clean my gun and dream of Galveston.



Since “Galveston” is one of Campbell’s most popular songs, it was always a highlight of his live performances. In one particular performance, Campbell sat on a stool on stage with his guitar, and as soon as he played the first few notes the crowd erupted with applause.

Although the clip of the performance is short, Campbell’s talent shines through loud and clear. Between his captivating voice and charming smile, you’ll find yourself instantly drawn into his performance. You can check it out below.

This song is as country as it comes!

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