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The Wichita Lineman. A perfect sonic landscape / HUFFPOST UK

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With the passing of Glen Campbell last week, many writers and authorities are commenting on the supersonic hit written in a few hours by Jimmy Webb and recorded in one afternoon in 1968. It was an immediate hit and permanently lifted Campbell from the country music genre to being a far-ranging popular artist. When I first heard The Wichita Lineman, aged about ten, I choked with emotion. The rawness of the lyrics, even though they couldn't have made a lot of sense to a child, did. Perhaps it was the key changes (F major juxtaposed against D major) that painted a haunting picture of loneliness and indescribable distances or the whining of Glen's tenor voice; or the improbable line, "I hear her singing in the wire". PHOTO: Lynn Houghton 

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