By the Time I Get to Phoenix (10/28/67) #26 US, #2 CW, #12 AC. Airplay: 5 million
Hey Little One (1/20/68) #54 US, #13 CW, #20 AC
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
“Glen Campbell’s commercial breakthrough came by way of the title track, which was the direct precursor in production terms to ‘Wichita Lineman,’ and by the same writer. The cover of Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound is sincere if a little perfunctory, but Campbell’s rendition of Ernest Tubb’s Tomorrow Never Comes is a bravura performance, rich and soulful, as well as recalling Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as done by Gerry & the Pacemakers. Cold December in Your Heart harks back to Campbell’s country-folk material, a piece of midtempo country-pop. Material like that and the similar Back in the Race, Dorsey Burnette’s Hey Little One, Jerry Reed’s You’re Young and You'll Forget, and Bill Anderson’s Bad Seed hold up better than more pop-focused numbers like My Baby’s Gone, though the string backings on most of these very much date them. The final number here, the touching Love Is a Lonesome River, makes a brilliant coda” (Eder).