Greatest Songs, #450: “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” by Glen Campbell

Album: By the Time I Get to Phoenix (Capitol Records)
Year: 1967
Written by: Jimmy Webb
Billboard Hot 100: #26

 From Rolling Stone:

Campbell was an L.A. studio musician who played on Phil Spector records and toured with the Beach Boys — until this 1967 single made him a star, won him a Grammy and earned him his own TV show. It also marked the beginning of his partnership with songwriter Webb. Campbell’s take is mournful country, but two years later, Isaac Hayes recorded a nineteen-minute psychedelic-soul version.