By Damian Fanelli
Today, in honor of Glen Campbell’s 79th birthday, we thought we’d share an impressive guitar performance by the “Wichita Lineman” from 1974.
The pro-shot clip below, which is introduced by none other than Bob Hope, was filmed in September 1974 in New York City’s Central Park.
It’s a rare acoustic performance of “The William Tell Overture”; in later years, Campbell pretty much always played this tune on an electric guitar.
In the mid-Seventies, Campbell recorded an acoustic studio version of “The William Tell Overture” that sounds a lot like this live version, but it went unreleased for years before seeing the light of day on the 1997 Razor & Tie 2CD set The Glen Campbell Collection.
Campbell served as a key member of LA’s “Wrecking Crew,” playing guitar on a slew of hits and working closely (and even touring) with the Beach Boys in the mid-Sixties. Enjoy!