Glen Campbell’s Recording of Jimmy Webb’s ‘Wichita Lineman’ Inducted Into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress

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“Wichita Lineman” is a classic, and the Jimmy Webb-penned song made famous by the late Glen Campbell received a very high honor this week when it was inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

“‘Wichita Lineman’ is the ultimate expression of the musical and spiritual bond between my husband Glen and his songwriting soulmate Jimmy Webb,” said Kim Campbell, Campbell’s widow in a statement included in the news release regarding this honor. “Despite ‘Wichita Lineman’ being such an important song for Glen it was also one of his favorites and I know he’d be so thrilled and honored to have his original recording preserved in the Library of Congress.”

Said Webb:

“I’m humbled and, at the same time for Glen, I am extremely proud. I wish there was some way I could reach him to say, ‘Glen, you know they’re doing this. They are putting our music in a mountain–it will be preserved for all time.”

Glen Campbell’s rendition of “Wichita Lineman” became one of his signature songs after being written by Webb in 1968. Campell’s recording, completed with the aid of members of the Wrecking Crew, reached No. 3 on the pop charts when it was released and went on to become an enduring classic.

More on the song’s legacy, via the news release:

“Wichita Lineman” has proven to be that rare song that transcends genres, eras and cultures. It has been recorded and covered live by hundreds of artists from across the globe including Guns N’ Roses, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, José Feliciano, Keith Urban, King Curtis, Kool & The Gang, The Meters, Ray Charles, R.E.M., Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, Smokey Robinson, Toby Keith, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, and many others. After Campbell’s death, Webb sang the song with Little Big Town in a heartfelt tribute during the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards.

To experience some of Campbell’s classic performances of the song as well as inspired versions by a host of the aforementioned musicians head over to YouTube for a curated playlist for a sampling of some of the best performances. Watch here:

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