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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by dee2 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:33 am

Bringing this popular topic back up to the top of All Things Glen again.

Also....two recent BBC 2 Radio programmes, "Johnnie Walker meets...", end soon:

Part 1 - Glen Campbell, Fifth Dimension, The Supremes

:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b39jr7
In the first of 2 one hour programmes Johnnie Walker discovers the stories behind the only artist (JIMMY WEBB) ever to win Grammy Awards for his music, lyrics and orchestration. Apart from Burt Bacharach and Hal David, he was one of the first songwriters to be recognised for his achievements and the luminaries who have sung his songs include his long-time collaborator Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt amongst the many.

He has been labelled as the "Cole Porter of The Stars" or worse "Pop Music's Mozart". He was "the son of a preacher man" and was restless to break into the World of popular music penning hits as diverse as "MacArthur Park" to "Up Up And Away".

We learn how and when he met his idols Glen Campbell and
Elvis Presley and how he devised the achingly beautiful lyrics "I need you more than want you and I want you for all time" in "Wichita Lineman" and the bizarre "someone's left the cake out in the rain" for "MacArthur Park", which may have been credited to the poet WH Auden. It's a fascinating tale which Jimmy Webb tells by way of the keyboard and a frank chat with Johnnie Walker.

Part 2 - Glen Campbell, Fifth Dimension, The Supremes

:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b39jlf
In the second of 2 one hour programmes, Jimmy Webb tells us how he turned down a lucrative deal to star in Las Vegas and opted for the rock and roll roots of the Monterey Pop Festival playing with the notorious Wrecking Crew. He talks about coming to England and meeting The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. His lyrics continued to mesmerise with songs like "Didn't We" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Johnnie Walker sits beside him as he plays his songs and tells their stories at his beloved keyboard.

(Text from BBC's program guide)

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by dee2 » Fri May 18, 2018 7:44 pm

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Big anniversary for Jimmy Webb:
Fifty years ago on May 11, 1968, Richard Harris's recording of "MacArthur Park" written by Jimmy Webb debuted at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His recorded version was 7 minutes and 20 seconds in length. DJs apparently loved it because it gave them an icing-sweet break away from the mic and studio.

When MacArthur Park hit the airwaves, listeners either loved or hated it. In fact, for 50 long years now, listeners have either loved or hated it.

In the last decade, however, perhaps beginning with David Letterman's spoof with MacArthur Park staged on the Tonight Show (with Jimmy joining the show's band and Letterman's antics), it seems to have become a cool thing to have fun with the song, kinda like "we hate it so much we love it!", if this makes any sense.

Jeff Tamarkin, writer for CLASSIC BANDS on the web, writes about the phenomenon of Webb's "Recipe for a Hit", trying to get at the song's most basic ingredient at:

:arrow: http://bestclassicbands.com/macarthur-p ... -10-27-17/

Excerpt from Tamarkin's article:
If you want to think it’s literally about leaving a cake out in the rain and lamenting the permanent loss of the recipe, you have every right to. Or you can go with what Webb recently said in another interview: “It’s a metaphor for the good and the bad—and sometimes the ugly.”
Strange, MacArthur Park, the actual park, may be one of the most infamous parks in the world because of Jimmy Webb's song, but it looks insignificant in the vintage, sentimentalizing postcard displayed above. The postcard reveals a large freeway, Wilshire Boulevard, visually dividing the park's lake and leading into a megalopolis, the "City of Angels," Los Angeles, the center of the USA's film, television and music industries. On this nostalgic postcard, Wilshire Boulevard appears to marginalize the park in the same way music critics have marginalized the very song itself.

MacArthur Park, the song, well, it is classic pop in the truest sense of the art form, the kind of lasting art that hasn't melted away for the last 50 years and likely will not melt away in the next 50 years.

Outside of the cake and the rain and the melting and not being able to take it, there are lyrical lines of striking true poetry at the core of this "cake." Didn't these lines soar when Glen Campbell sang them?
There will be another song for me
For I will sing it
There will be another dream for me
Someone will bring it
I will drink the wine while it is warm
And never let you catch me looking at the sun
And after all the loves of my life
After all the loves of my life
You'll still be the one
I will take my life into my hands and I will use it
I will win the worship in their eyes and I will lose it
I will have the things that I desire
And my passion flow like rivers through the sky
And after all the loves of my life
Oh, after all the loves of my life
I'll be thinking of you
And wondering why


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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by dee2 » Fri May 18, 2018 5:12 pm

Thanks for confirming, Cowpoke!
I loved THE KATE episode, especially Ashley and Jimmy's duet on 'Adios'. I hope they record together one day soon.
I saw familiar faces in the audience including Jeff Daniels'. Similar to Jimmy, he tours, sings, tells stories to music (acoustic guitar). In terms of his wit and gentle satire, he is like the musical brother of Mark Twain.
(See http://www.jeffdaniels.com/)


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Fans in the US and Europe should also be able to tune in to BBC's Johnnie Walker interview--Part I--with Jimmy Webb at:

:arrow: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b39jr7

As of 2018 May 18, this program will be accessible for 28 days. Part II airs on Thursday, 24 May.

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by Cowpoke » Tue May 08, 2018 8:49 am

Wow... thanks for posting Dee2. Yes I can be viewed from outside the US. Ashley and Jimmy sound pretty good together!

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by dee2 » Mon May 07, 2018 10:38 pm

New! Original Air Date: 05/05/2018
Jimmy Webb with Special Guest Ashley Campbell

Appear on American Public Television on the show THE KATE: Season 3 Episode 5
Approximately 1 hr. watching time

The legendary Grammy-winning songwriter (“Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” “Up, Up and Away,” “Highwayman”) shares hits and demonstrates his storytelling prowess. In an emotional set, Webb introduces rising country star Ashley Campbell, daughter of his best friend, the late Glen Campbell. The elegant duo is accompanied by guitar and string quartet.


:arrow: http://www.pbs.org/video/jimmy-webb-wit ... ll-ashizq/

What is "The Kate"?

You can read about the show's premise--inspired by one of the world's most iconic actors--here:



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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by Dee » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:00 pm

Jimmy Webb: "I was very religious at the time and I asked...dear Lord, can I meet Glen Campbell one day?"

Jimmy Webb was recently interviewed by Steve Wright, host of "Steve Wright in the Afternoon", BBC Radio 2.

You can currently listen to this interview at:
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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by Dee » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:08 am

A project of the Governor's Woods Foundation
By Mark Savage for BBC NEWS
September 26, 2017
"Wichita Lineman" is one of the most perfectly realised pop songs of all time. Released in 1968, and written by Jimmy Webb, it was the first top 10 single for country singer Glen Campbell, who died on [August 8], aged 81. Like many of his fans, Campbell's reaction to the song was immediate and tender. 'When I heard it I cried,' he told BBC Radio 4 in 2011. 'It made me cry because I was homesick.'
This article includes statements by Jimmy Webb and Glen Campbell about "Wichita Lineman" from interviews they both did for BBC a few years ago.
In particular, Jimmy describes in great detail his inspiration for writing the song.
Mike J., I thought of you when I read Jimmy's backstory, one we had discussed on Glen Campbell Forums at least once! :)

You can read the article at:
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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

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BBC Radio 2
Steve Wright in the Afternoon
"Jimmy Webb, Craig Brown and Spencer FC"
BROADCAST DATE: September 27, 2017
"Jimmy Webb discusses his memoir The Cake and The Rain"
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Later...with Jools Holland
Episode 1
BROADCAST DATE: September 30, 2017
"Jimmy Webb popping in to discuss his new memoir The Cake and the Rain, and no doubt reminisce about his buddy and interpreter, the late great Glen Campbell."
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Book Review
"Jimmy Webb’s memoir – what happens to talented people when fame gets the better of them"
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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Post by Cowpoke » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:38 am

Funny. I always thought the song singled out Glen, but he is part of a longer list.

The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key
nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash
Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.

The common thread seems to be that the revolution will not come from white people.
Rare Earth was the first successful all white act signed by Motown.

Thanks for the link Dee!

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Post by Dee » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:47 am

Jimmy Webb talks music, drugs, his new book, and 'MacArthur Park'
San Diego Union-Tribune
By George Varga
July 16, 2017

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This is a good interview if you haven't read Jimmy's memoir (I haven't done so yet although I was gifted a copy which I much appreciate) about the dark side of his life in the sixties.
It includes an explanation about why he had stopped writing pop music ("Up Up and Away") and "geographical" and other songs specifically for Glen Campbell. (I had always wondered why their collaborations had discontinued, even though Jimmy continued to write songs that Glen obviously loved and recorded.) Jimmy explains he wanted to escape his reputation as a middle-of-the-road pop songwriter and therefore decided to change-up his career. From the article:
Just how middle-of-the road Webb was considered is perhaps best documented in 1970’s “The Revolution Will Not be Televised,” a searing, proto-rap anthem by Gil Scott-Heron.

It includes the line: The (revolution’s) theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell.

“Being considered part of the right-wing establishment was a characterization that I reacted to very vehemently,” Webb recalled. “I was not that. Those were not my politics.

“My whole life then was reflexive: ‘Don’t turn me into Donnie Osmond.’ I was a famous guy, for a songwriter. So don’t say that I’m not going to write the theme song for the revolution — I am going to write the theme song for the revolution! --Jimmy Webb
Question for the "Webbheads" who read this JW topic on the forums here: Did Jimmy eventually write the theme song for the political revolution in America that started in the sixties? If so, which of his penned songs is considered as such?

You can read the full article here:
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If you would like to listen to the official version of Scott-Heron's anthem of revolution, “The Revolution Will Not be Televised”, jump over to YT using this link: https://youtu.be/vwSRqaZGsPw" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.
It is probably safe to assume the rapper was not a fan of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. lol

BTW, the thumb print image above is shared from this article (and other recent sources that published it). It was taken by Henry Diltz, the famous rock and roll photographer.


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