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It’s a question every reporter wants to ask, but few do. It’s that question that makes someone face his inevitable destiny head-on and a question that makes even the biggest artists think long and hard before they attempt to answer.

And it’s the question that often gets the most memorable and earth-shattering responses.

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In an interview by WGN-TV Chicago’s Dean Richards, country music legend Glen Campbell was faced with that crucial question — how do you want to be remembered?


“[I want to be remembered] for my guitar playing and singing,” Glen told Dean five years before his death and months before Alzheimer’s disease would wreak havoc on his memory. “That’s what I really enjoyed doing. I carried my guitar everywhere I would go as a kid — the guitar my daddy bought me.”

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Glen then paused for a moment, as the weight of the question began to hit him. “I try to live my life like my dad did,” he continued. “You don’t lie, you don’t cheat, you don’t steal — that will ruin you more than anything. Open your life up and don’t do any of that B.S., because it haunts you.”

Words well said, Glen.

*Country star Glen Campbell, the ultimate Rhinestone Cowboy*

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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