Glen Campbell

Wichita Lineman

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Songwriter Jimmy Webb was driving along the Kansas-Oklahoma border when he saw a lonesome telephone lineman working solemnly atop a telephone pole when he got the idea for "Wichita Lineman." Glen Campbell had previously had a number 26 pop hit with the Webb song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and the songwriter thought "Wichita Lineman" would be perfect for him. While recording the song in the studio, Campbell felt something was out of place. He couldn't capture the same feel of the song he'd felt when Webb sang the song as he accompanied himself on his Hammond organ. Campbell decided that the only way to get the right vibe was to add Webb's organ to the recording studio.

Produced by Al DeLory, the million-selling "Wichita Lineman" went to number three pop, number one country for two weeks, and number one adult contemporary for six weeks in late 1968. The song earned several Grammy nominations -- Best Male Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists -- while winning for Best Engineering Recording (Other Than Classical). The Wichita Lineman album sold over two million copies, staying at number one pop for five weeks.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Wichita Lineman 1968 Capitol Nashville 3:06
Glen Campbell's Greatest Hits 1971 Liberty
Reunion: The Songs of Jimmy Webb 1974 Capitol Nashville 3:05
No Image 1976 Capitol Nashville / Capitol
Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1978 Capitol Nashville 3:02
Country Music Classics, Vol. 3 (1965-70) 1984
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
The Very Best of Glen Campbell [Capitol/Liberty] 1987 Capitol Nashville / Liberty 3:08
The Best of the Early Years 1987 Curb 3:08
Country U.S.A.: 1968 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Classics Collection 1990 Liberty 3:07
AM Gold: 1968 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:02
All-Time Favorite Hits [Capitol Special Markets] 1991 CEMA Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:06
All-Time Favorites [Capitol] 1991 Pair
Working Man's Country [K-Tel] 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:06
Phoenix 1994 Drive Archive 1:49
Ultimate 1995 Bransounds 3:03
Back to Back Hits 1995 CEMA Special Markets 3:04
Essential, Vol. 3 1995 Capitol 3:05
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
Alex 3:04
Live from Branson, Missouri: The Best of Glen Campbell, Roy Clark and Johnny Paycheck 1995
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:56
Glen Campbell Live! His Greatest Hits 1996 Delta Distribution 2:56
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [1996] 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:02
I Love Country: Hits of the '60s 1997
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 3:05
The Glen Campbell Collection (1962-1989): Gentle on My Mind 1997 Razor & Tie 3:06
1969: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:08
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Country Legends [EMI #1] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Best Country Ballads in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:03
Original Gold, Disk 2 1998 Disky 3:04
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 6 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:06
Made in America: Folk Favorites 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:59
My Hits and Love Songs 1999 Capitol 3:05
The Capitol Years 65/77 1999 EMI Digital / Zonophone 3:06
Classic Country: 1965-1974 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:04
Classic Country: 1965-1969 [2 CD 1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:04
20 Greatest Hits [Capitol] 2000 Capitol 3:08
Committed 2000
Original Soundtrack
Chapter III Records 3:06
The Ember Records Story 2000
Various Artists
Ember 1:52
Southern Nights: Greatest Hits 2000 Woodford 3:04
History of Country Music: Country Hits from the '60s 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:02
Music to Watch Girls By 2000
Various Artists
Columbia 3:05
Country Mix Series: Country Greats 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 2:56
Favourite Sixties 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:04
Singers and Songwriters: 1965-1969 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Capitol 3:07
Hits of the 60's [EMI 3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
EMI 3:05
Rhinestone Cowboy: The Best of Glen Campbell 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:06
All the Best 2003 Capitol 3:07
Top Hits of the Sixties: Absolute Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:02
The Kings of Classic Country 2003
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:06
All-Time Favorite Hits [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 3:06
Rhinestone Cowboy [Weton] 2003 Forever Gold (Allegiance) / Weton 1:53
The Legacy 1961-2002 2003 Capitol 3:05
Rock on 1969 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:01
Sunday Best, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
Sunday Best 3:07
The Very Best of Country [Nascente] 2004
Various Artists
Nascente
To Be Someone 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:06
No Image 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 3:05
Rhinestone Cowboy [Mastersong] 2004 Mastersong
Straight from the Heart [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:07
Sad Songs 2004
Various Artists
Virgin
#1 Country Hits [Fuel 2000] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:06
Music of Your Life: It Must Be Love 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:04
The Ultimate Country Collection [Universal International] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:04
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 60s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 3:03
Country Legends 2005 Country Legends
Rock Breakout Years: 1970 2005 Madacy 3:06
Hits of the 60's [Dynamic] 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Kings and Queens of Country [Sony] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:07
Sings the Best of Jimmy Webb 1967-1992 2006 Raven 3:06
Classic Campbell 2006 EMI Music Distribution 3:06
Live in Concert [DVD] 2006 BMG/Image
I Love Country 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Rhinestone Cowboy [Golden Stars] 2006 Golden Stars 3:05
The Best of the Glen Campbell Music Show 2007 RPM
101 60's Hits 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:03
Beginner's Guide to Country 2007
Various Artists
Nascente
Icon 2007 Capitol 3:07
Superstars of Country [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:04
Solid Gold Country [Fuel 2000] 2007
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 1:57
Sounds of the Sixties [EMI Gold] 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:06
Good Times Again 2007 Time/Life Music
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 EMI Music Distribution 3:07
Top Of The Pops 1969 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:04
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 3:03
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
This Is 1969 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:04
Meet Glen Campbell 2008 Capitol/EMI Records
Unforgettable [Universal #2] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:03
Top of the Pops: Sixties 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:04
Glen Campbell [Weton-Wesgram] 2009 Weton / Weton-Wesgram
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 3:03
Pop Memories of the '60s: Honey 2009
Various Artists
Tiem Life 3:07
The Only Classic Country Collection You'll Ever Need 2010
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:48
Golden Age of Country: The Wild Side of Life 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
The Golden Age of Country [Time-Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
Rhinestone Cowboy 2011 Allegro Corporation / American Legends 1:52
Wichita Lineman/Galveston -- Where's the Playground Susie? 2011 Beat Goes On 3:07
No Image 2011 Fullfill
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2011] 2011
Various Artists
Demon 3:04
10 Great Songs 2012 Capitol 3:10
Live Anthology: 1972-2001 2012 Cleopatra 2:57
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
Legends of Country 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:04
Massive Hits!: Country 2013
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:05
See You There 2013 Surfdog Records
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa [The Original Movie Soundtrack] 2013
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 3:01
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 3:06
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1968 2013
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:12
5 Classic Albums 2013 Capitol / Universal 3:06
Love & Live 2014 Music Club Deluxe 3:02
10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection 2014 Capitol / Universal Music 3:10
Country: Glen Campbell 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 2:57
I'll Be Me [Original Soundtrack] 2015 Big Machine Records 4:11
British Live Performance Series 2015 Rainman Records 2:57
The Country Album [Universal] 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:03
All-Time Favourites, Vol. 2
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Classic Country Jukebox
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:05
Country Hits [USM Media]
Various Artists
USM Media 3:05
Country Music of Your Life
Various Artists
Rhino / StarVista 3:04
Easy Listening Classics/Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 3:04
No Image Nashville Catalog 3:05
No Image
Various Artists
StarVista / Time Life 2:33
Kings Of Country [CNR]
Various Artists
CNR 3:03
Legends Of Country: Country Sunshine
Various Artists
Life / Time 3:04
Music to Watch Girls By, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Camden / Camden International / Sony BMG
Old School Oldies, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:04
Original Hits: All American
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:02
No Image
Various Artists
Non EMI 2:43
Romancing the '60s: This Magic Moment
Various Artists
StarVista 3:06
The  Capitol Albums Collection CMCapNash / Universal 2:55
The  Essential Glen Campbell Nashville Catalog 3:05
The  Very Best Of Sad Songs
Various Artists
EMI TV 3:04
The Greatest Country [Mixed Repertoire]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 3:05
The Very Best of Glen Campbell [Capitol] Capitol / Capitol Nashville / EMI Music Distribution 2:54
No Image EMI Music Distribution 2:58
Welcome to Nashville
Various Artists
Decca
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