One of the joys of my broadcast career has been the opportunity to interview Jimmy Webb on more than one occasion. He is known for his power ballads which tells stories about people and places that are unforgettable. And for his remarkable collaboration with the late Glen Campbell, having written for him, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Witchita Lineman’ and ‘Galveston’, among others. And, of course, no one cannot have a reaction to the multi-layered, ‘Macarthur Park’. In fact, Jimmy’s recently published autobiography, the one that the ‘Wall Street Journal’ said was the best of any written in the pop music era, is titled ‘The Cake and the Rain’. He was the youngest man ever inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and was named by ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine as one of the top fifty songwriters of all time. And you owe it to yourself to pick up or download Jimmy doing his own songs as in the recording ‘Ten Easy Pieces’ or his most recent CD’s doing duets of his songs. I hope you’ll take a listen to a vintage conversation.
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