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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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Interview: Glen Campbell’s Wife and Daughter Discuss His Final Album, ‘Adios’

Glen Campbell's wife Kim and daughter Ashley spend some time celebrating the release of his new album, 'Adios'.

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Watch Tim McGraw, Charlie Worsham Cover Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’

Backstage before a recent Soul2Soul Tour date, Tim McGraw and Charlie Worsham covered Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy."

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6 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 Shares Biographical ‘Adios’ Song ‘Arkansas Farmboy’ [LISTEN]

Glen Campbell has released "Arkansas Farmboy," the third track from his final album, 'Adios'.

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Glen Campbell Calls His First Time on the Radio ‘a Great Thrill’

Glen Campbell remembers hearing his music on the radio for the first time.

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Album of the Month (June 2017): Glen Campbell, ‘Adios’

The Boot's readers have voted Glen Campbell's 'Adios' as Album of the Month for June of 2017.

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50 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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Vote for the Most Anticipated Album of June 2017

A readers' poll to determine The Boot's June 2017 Album of the Month.

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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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Hear the Title Track of Glen Campbell’s Final Album, ‘Adios’

Glen Campbell's family has shared the title track from his forthcoming final studio album, 'Adios'.

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