Rockin' Rowley: Webb to weave his musical magic
When American country superstar Glen Campbell had a massive worldwide hit with 'Wichita Lineman', no one was more surprised than the songwriter.
As Jimmy Webb tells it today, the song wasn't even finished when Glen told him that he had already recorded it.
Campbell later revealed that he and producer Al De Lory added in what became an iconic guitar solo to fill the space of another verse.
Webb's 'Wichita Lineman' is one of the most popular of all time, and it started out with a phone call from Glen asking him to pen a song about a town.
Jimmy had previously written Campbell's smash-hit, 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix', and the singer was looking for a follow up.
"I didn't want to write another song about a town, but something that would be in the ballpark for him," Webb said.
"I wanted the song to be about an ordinary fellow.
"What I was trying to say in 'Wichita Lineman' was, you can see someone working in construction or working in a field, a migrant worker or a truck driver, and you may think you know what's going on inside him, but you don't.