“Wichita Lineman” Part 2

Posted on August 20, 2009

Wade Hayes is more of a traditional country singer by today’s standards. An admirable attempt with story-based video.

James Taylor has a voice that matches well with this song. Here he is live in Rotterdam.

Johnny Cash from his American recordings sessions. This didn’t make one of his big album releases because they had so much great stuff.

Ready to jump the shark? Here’s a dance hall remix. Yikes.

Redemption from the songwriter himself, Jimmy Webb, who explains the genesis of the song.

“Wichita Lineman” Part One

Posted on August 19, 2009

Late night host Craig Ferguson sheds some light on why this song is so popular beyond the traditional country/western fan base.

Here’s the Crown Prince of Reggae, Bob Marley’s favorite singer, Dennis Brown, who was the master of “lovers rock” a sub-genre of reggae. Of course, this song was made famous by Glen Campbell.

Sammy Davis, Jr. gives an interesting twist with a big band and nightclub vibe. I think this is from an album named “Something for Everyone.”

The Dells with a classic soul rendition. “Oh Wichita! Wichita!”

This is going to be a two-part post because there are so many. But this is probably my favorite from REM….