5 of the Most Unexpected Covers of Glen Campbell Songs
Rock, R&B and pop acts have put a spin on the most timeless Glen Campbell songs. Covers of his hits come from legends like Aretha Franklin and modern acts like Radiohead. Here are the five most unexpected versions.
Often the artists claim to be paying tribute to writer Jimmy Webb, but all five of these strange recreations came after Campbell made the song famous. The Lemonheads, R.E.M. and Isaac Hayes take a crack at songs like "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."
(Warning: If played in the right set of circumstances, Hayes' 19-minute take on our No. 2 Glen Campbell song of all time may result in a baby, with eight to 10 minutes to spare.)
You'll find other, lesser quality covers of Campbell hits on YouTube. A Red Hot Chili Peppers' version of "Galveston" is particularly unexpected. We purposely omitted modern country versions of his hits. The Band Perry's version of "Gentle on My Mind" is wonderful, but hardly unexpected.