Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell

Transistor Days: Early Winter 1968

Episode 57

Episode date - February 5, 2021

How Music Changed

    I never really thought about until I reviewed this song list, but it’s incredible to see how important ‘Americana’ was as a style in late 1968.

    Granted, ‘American’ music provided the majority of hits for just about every era except for the mid-sixties British Invasion, but here, we see American influences controlling the charts from just about every direction, every region, with an incredible stylistic variety.

    Not a single track here comes from anywhere but the ‘great forty-eight’ (Dusty Springfield is British, but she recorded this song in Memphis), and yet the diversity is extraordinary.

    Featured tracks include:

    Naturally Stoned – The Avant-Garde

    I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

    Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell

    Chewy Chewy – Ohio Express

    Crimson and Clover – Tommy James and the Shondells

    I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – The Supremes and the Temptations

    Soulful Strut – Young-Holt Unlimited

    Hooked on a Feeling – B.J. Thomas

    Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

    Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette

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