500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'

195. Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'

Writer: Jimmy Webb
Producer: Al De Lory
Released: Nov. '68, Capitol
15 weeks; No. 3

Inspired by the isolation of a telephone-pole worker he saw on the Kansas-Oklahoma border, Webb wrote this in 1968 for Campbell, who had asked if Webb could come up with another "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." Campbell changed a guitar part and kept the keyboard from Webb's demo; the chiming sound at the fade, evoking telephone signals, was done on a massive church organ.

Appears on: Wichita Lineman (Capitol)

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