Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Musical Interlude: Wichita Lineman (1968)

A few months back, I posted a video of Glen Campbell's latest, and last, single, "Ghost on the Canvas", the title track from his farewell album. Glen's been one of my favorites for years, and I actually had a few of his early 45's that I acquired via flea markets and antique shops in the 80's before selling off my vinyl collection to clear some space.

To be honest, I gained a greater appreciation for one of Glen's early classics, "Wichita Lineman", after hearing a heartfelt, spot-on cover by Freedy Johnston in Albany a few years ago. To me, the original is still the best, but that's not to slight Johnston, who did the song justice in his own right. 2old2Rock uploaded this performance clip from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, with Glen spinning his tale of the lonesome "Wichita Lineman"......


magicdog said...

I've enjoyed Glen's work and downloaded several of his songs to my iPod, including this one.

Everytime I see video of him during this period I'm reminded of a funny line uttered by comic Jonathan Winters during his appearance on the "New Scooby Doo Movies". Winters was voicing himself and his comedic alter ego, "Maude Frickert". Maude immediately took a liking to Freddy and had to have him search for clues with her - she mentioned she thought Fred looked like one of her idols.... Glen Campbell!

He does look a bit like Fred doesn't he?

hobbyfan said...

Yeah, if Fred wasn't blond, there'd be a case.

I was inspired to post this one after watching an infomercial Glen did for Time-Life that was running on TheCoolTV yesterday.