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Glen Campbell Plays "The William Tell Overture"

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.
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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!

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