Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman

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Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman

Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman

Country Music

The song was written by many-times platinum-record songwriter, composer, and singer Jimmy Webb (“Up, UP and Away;” “The Worst That Could Happen;” “Galveston;” “MacArthur Park”). Glen Campbell — with instrumentation from the fabulous Wrecking Crew session musicians — recorded it in 1968. Jimmy Webb is on the organ. Carol Kaye provided the bass and that great intro. Campbell liked Kaye’s Danelectro bass  and borrowed it to play a solo during the middle section. The deep tones add a quivering melancholy sound that goes perfectly with the song. In 1968, it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, and in Canada. It was #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #7 in the U.K., #10 in New Zealand, #12 in Ireland, and #15 in Australia. The song was also on Campbell’s 1968 album Wichita Lineman.

Glen Campbell was born Glen Travis Campbell on April 22, 1936, in Delight, Arkansas. He was a talented musician, as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He also hosted The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and has acted in a number of films (e.g., True Grit, Norwood, Any Which Way You Can). He has a tremendous body of work in many genres, including country, rock, folk, pop, folk rock, and gospel. He released more than 70 albums during his 50 years in the entertainment business. This includes 12 gold albums, 4 platinum ones, and 1 double-platinum albums. In 2011, he announced that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Glen Campbell passed away on August 8, 2017.

Here are the lyrics to “Wichita Lineman” by Glen Campbell:

“I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin’ in the sun for another overload
I hear you singin’ in the wire
I can hear you through the whine
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

I know I need a small vacation
But it don’t look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south
Won’t ever stand the strain
And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Wichita Lineman” by Glen Campbell.

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