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.