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Ahead of Glen Campbell's headline performance for Radio 2 In Concert, the musician shares memories of a lifetime lived in the limelight, with his guitar by his side to illustrate songs that made his career.

Presented by REM's Mike Mills, this documentary first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2005 and has been updated to include new material with Glen who, in 2011, revealed his diagnosis with Alzheimer's and announced plans to undertake one last tour before the illness makes such an endeavour impossible.

One of the great crossover artists of the past 50 years, Glen has sold over 45 million albums worldwide and some of the songs he recorded have become popular music classics, including Wichita Lineman, By the Time I Get To Phoenix, Galveston and Rhinestone Cowboy.

In this series he talks honestly about every aspect of his career, from his poor upbringing to the glistening heights of fame, from his battles with addiction to his re-discovery as an artist in recent years, right up to his diagnosis with Alzheimer's and his farewell album and tour.

In episode one, Campbell talks about his childhood, growing up the son of a sharecropper in rural southern US. He recalls learning guitar, and his first tentative steps as a professional musician. During his tenure as a radio session player and live musician, he met Elvis for the first of many times. He also married the first of his four wives, before heading to California in an attempt to break into the music scene there.

Listen to Radio 2 In Concert on Thursday 17 November to hear Glen Campbell performing classic hits and songs from Ghost On The Canvas in the BBC Radio Theatre.

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30 minutes

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Sun 30 Oct 2011 20:00