He is the only person ever to win Grammy awards in music, lyrics, and orchestration. He is the youngest person ever inducted to the Songwriting Hall Of Fame. Even if you don't know the name Jimmy Webb - you know his unforgettable music.
America’s greatest living songwriter, Jimmy Webb, is making his way to our shores in June and will see him perform in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth. The composer and singer, known worldwide as a master of his trade, will perform his catalogue of hits to Australian audiences.
Webb’s multi-genre works have been performed by just about everyone in the music world, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Kanye West. Here’s a sampling of five singers or groups who helped turn Webb’s songs into hits.
“JIMMY WEBB: I was always fascinated with the Gulf, and I got a chance to see the big water a couple of times with my dad,” he says. “I used to do evangelical stuff; go out and do revivals and stuff with my dad, so I got to see the water and the big boats and everything. I always remembered that, so when I started writing this song, I wanted to write a song about a blue-collar guy. My hero is just a regular guy, and that’s the guy I write about most of the time.”
“‘WICHITA LINEMAN’ IS A SIMPLE SONG ABOUT AN ORDINARY MAN THINKING EXTRAORDINARY THOUGHTS.” —BILLY JOEL
JIMMY WEBB: In examining my memory, I realized that my story intersected some of the important events that happened in the 1960s in a very definite and almost spooky way. I thought this might be a thread that would make a book,” he explained.
In Jimmy Webb’s new memoir, The Cake and The Rain, nearly a dozen pages in the back contain a partial list of all the artists who have ever recorded one of his songs. Of the hundreds of covers that have come down the pike, these are the Long Island resident’s favorites.
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