"Wichita Lineman" is one of the most perfectly realised pop songs of all time. Released in 1968, and written by Jimmy Webb, it was the first top 10 single for country singer Glen Campbell, who died on [August 8], aged 81. Like many of his fans, Campbell's reaction to the song was immediate and tender. 'When I heard it I cried,' he told BBC Radio 4 in 2011. 'It made me cry because I was homesick.'
Just how middle-of-the road Webb was considered is perhaps best documented in 1970’s “The Revolution Will Not be Televised,” a searing, proto-rap anthem by Gil Scott-Heron.
It includes the line: The (revolution’s) theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell.
“Being considered part of the right-wing establishment was a characterization that I reacted to very vehemently,” Webb recalled. “I was not that. Those were not my politics.
“My whole life then was reflexive: ‘Don’t turn me into Donnie Osmond.’ I was a famous guy, for a songwriter. So don’t say that I’m not going to write the theme song for the revolution — I am going to write the theme song for the revolution! --Jimmy Webb
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