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Born in 1936 in Arkansas, Glen Campbell moved to Albuquerque, N.M., at 18 years old to join his uncle’s band. After two years playing with his uncle and in his own band, the Western Wranglers, the future musical icon moved to Los Angeles in 1960 to be a studio musician; his guitar skills earned him spots on records from artists such as Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and the Monkees, among others. Campbell’s own first album as an artist, ‘Big Bluegrass Special’, was released in 1962; however, it wasn’t until 1967’s ‘Gentle on My Mind’ that he earned his first No. 1 record. The legend released more than 30 albums on Capitol Records — projects that spawned No. 1 hits such as “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “Try a Little Kindness,” among others — before moving to Atlantic Records and a series of other labels beginning in the early 1980s. Campbell also found success as a TV and movie star, in films such as ‘True Grit’ and ‘Norwood’ and as the host of TV shows such as ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ and ‘The Glen Campbell Music Show’. In 2011, Campbell revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and embarked on a farewell tour that ended in November of 2012. His final performances, as well as his battle with the illness, are documented in the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me’. Married four times, Campbell has eight children.

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Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and More Praise Glen Campbell at 2016 ACM Honors

Before the 2016 ACM Honors on Aug. 30, country stars on the red carpet talked about Glen Campbell's influence on country music.

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The Best Country Star Yearbook Photos

A photo gallery of country stars' yearbook pictures.

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POLL: What’s Your Favorite Glen Campbell Song?

Vote for your favorite Glen Campbell song.

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Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and More to Honor Glen Campbell at 2016 ACM Honors

A number of country stars have been booked for a Glen Campbell tribute at the 2016 ACM Honors.

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5 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Five years ago today, on June 22, 2011, Glen Campbell fans learned that the iconic singer had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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Glen Campbell’s New Manager Says He’s Got ‘Lots’ of Unreleased Music

Though Glen Campbell is in the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease, there's still good news: He has plenty of unreleased music, and through the new partnership of TKO Artist Management, Campbell's legacy will stay strong -- and fans could hear new music from him.

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Glen Campbell’s Oldest Children Help Create Tennessee Law to Protect Visitation Rights

Tennessee's new Campbell / Falk Act protects visitation rights for family and close friends of a person with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other disabilities.

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49 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Records ‘Gentle on My Mind’

On May 17, 1967, Glen Campbell recorded "Gentle on My Mind," which became one of the biggest hits of his career.

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2016 Golden Boot Awards: Vote Now for the Living Legend Award

A readers' poll to determine the 2016 Golden Boot Awards Living Legend Award recipient.

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Top 10 Mother’s Day Country Songs

A list of country music's best songs about mothers.

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