"Wichita Lineman" More Than A Tribute
If you missed the recent CMA Awards you missed some great performances including "Wichita Lineman" performed by Little Big Town featuring Jimmy Webb on piano. Influenced by Campbell's distinctive voice as a teenager Webb went to become a highly sought after songwriter, as Rolling Stone put it, "from an Oklahoma preacher’s son to L.A. pop aristocrat" with $40 he borrowed from his father.
1968, Glen Campbell's version of "Wichita Lineman" sold over a million copies, became one of his signature singles and has always been a mainstay on Country Radio. Two other Webb penned songs, "Galveston" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (originally recorded by Johnny Rivers) became major hits and signature recordings for Campbell. At the 1969 Grammy Awards, Webb accepted awards for "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," and "MacArthur Park.
Today, aside from Campbell, Webb's resume of collaborations include Johnny Rivers, Art Garfunkel, The 5th Dimension, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand , Vince Gill, Keith Urban, and R.E.M. among others.
Webb joined the highly popular group Little Big Town on stage Wednesday night at the CMA Awards for a mesmerizing tribute to Campbell performing "Wichita Lineman" showcasing Little Big Town owning their version of the song for themselves. Hailed as a tribute to Glen Campbell, it may turn out to be one of the most classic performances of the year and could very well put Wichita Lineman #1 on radio again.