American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor Glen Campbell (1936 - 2017) with his guitar-shaped birthday cake, UK, 25th April 1973. (Photo by Steve Wood/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

April 22nd marks the birth anniversary of Glen Campbell. Born in Billstown, Arkansas in 1936, Glen began as a studio musician in Los Angeles, as part of the group that became known as “The Wrecking Crew”. His first solo effort was the original version of Turn Around, Look at Me, which was only a minor hit in 1961. From December, 1964 through March, 1965, Glen was a touring member of the Beach Boys. Beginning in 1967, Glen recorded some songs written by Jimmy Webb, including By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Galveston, and this great song in 1968. Wichita Lineman reached #3 on the Pop chart, and was #1 on both the Country and Adult Contemporary charts, selling over a million copies.

Here’s Glen performing Wichita Lineman on his TV show, Glen Campbell’s Goodtime Hour, which was on CBS-TV from 1969 through 1972.