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ON THIS DAY, 1936...

Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22, 1936, in Billstown, Arkansas, USA. He grew up in a poor sharecropping family and started playing guitar at a young age.

Campbell was a highly influential American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor, best known for his country and pop hits in the 1960s and 1970s. Campbell began his musical career as a session musician in Los Angeles, playing on recordings for artists like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, and many others.

In the 1960s, he started releasing his own music and quickly gained fame. He had numerous hits, including 'Gentle on My Mind', 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', 'Wichita Lineman', 'Rhinestone Cowboy' and 'Southern Nights'.

Campbell's style blended country, pop, and folk influences, making him a crossover success. He was known for his smooth voice, proficient guitar skills, and charismatic stage presence.

Campbell won numerous awards throughout his career, including Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Campbell also enjoyed success on television

with "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," which ran from 1969 to 1972.

Campbell faced personal struggles, including alcohol and drug addiction. In 2011, he announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which led to his retirement from music and public life. His battle with Alzheimer's was documented in the 2014 film "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me."

Glen Campbell's music continues to be celebrated for its timeless quality and influence on both country and pop music. His songs are often covered by other artists and remain popular on radio stations and streaming platforms. Campbell passed away on August 8, 2017, but his legacy as a multi-talented musician and entertainer lives on.


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