Glen Campbell is joining a heady list of Western heroes.
The Autry National Center is honoring Campbell with its Western Heritage Award for promoting the spirit and legacy of the American West. Past recipients include James Stewart, James Garner, Clint Eastwood, James Arness, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Robert Wagner, Clayton Moore and Gene Autry.
"I'm in some pretty heavy company," said Campbell, 68, noting, "Gene Autry was my hero. Dad would take us to see his movies. Gene Autry was just awesome.
"He was always the good guy, who didn't lie, steal or cheat. He was so considerate of other people. I was glad to find out that Gene Autry was just like that off the screen."