Dylan Jones's new book The Wichita Lineman explores the magic and mystery of the greatest song ever written. Penned in 1968 by Jimmy Webb, and made famous by Glen Campbell's woozily wonderful recording, ‘Wichita Lineman’ has been covered by a bewildering range of artists, some – but by no means all – of whom are mentioned on p. 151 of Jones's book. We've put them all into a playlist for ease of listening, the perfect soundtrack to your reading experience:
And a few essential versions, criminally not available on Spotify:
Stone Temple Pilots, with Glen Campbell on vocals:
Patti Smith and Michael Stipe live at the Bowery Ballroom:
Sammy Davis Jr.:
The Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song by Dylan Jones is out now from Faber, priced at £10.