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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.

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
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47 Years Ago: ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ Debuts on CBS

On Jan. 29, 1969, 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour' debuted on CBS.

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47 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Gets First Gold Single With ‘Wichita Lineman’

On Jan. 22, 1969, Glen Campbell received the first gold single of his career, for "Wichita Lineman."

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51 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Makes First Appearance With the Beach Boys

Fifty-one years ago today (Dec. 24, 1964) was an unforgettable day for Glen Campbell. It was on this day that the country crooner made his debut appearance with the Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas.

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A Photographic Look Back at Glen Campbell’s Career

On April 22, 1936, a country music legend was born: Glen Campbell. The small-town boy from Billstown, Ark., has gone on to be one of country music's biggest stars.

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Glen Campbell Moved to New Care Facility

After spending a few months at home, Glen Campbell has moved back into a memory care facility.

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Country Artists Who Have Acted in TV Shows and Movies

ABC's Nashville brought country music to the small screen in a big way, but country singers have been making appearances on television and in movies for decades.

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See Glen Campbell Through the Years [PICTURES]

Songs such as "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "True Grit" wouldn't be around for us to enjoy without the magnificent Glen Campbell. The singer has been one of the greatest forces within country music -- and, really, music as a whole -- since the early 1960s, and his songs and legacy continue to impact fans all over the world.

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Glen Campbell Has Moved Home, Wife Kim Admits That ‘It’s Been Challenging’

Since Glen Campbell revealed his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in 2011, fans have received frequent updates on his health and decline from his family and friends. Now, his wife Kim has revealed that her husband has left the care facility he had been living in since the spring of 2014 and returned home -- and the transition hasn't been without its struggles.

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‘Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me’ to Be Released on DVD, Digitally

The Oscar-nominated documentary Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me, which documents Glen Campbell's farewell tour as he struggled with Alzheimer's disease, will be released on DVD and video on demand (VOD) on Sept. 1.

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Glen Campbell’s Family Says ‘He Still Likes to Make People Laugh’

Though country star Glen Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's disease is ongoing, despite his memory loss, his family says that he is still very much the man fans fell in love with in the 1960s -- and he still loves to make people laugh.

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