Sunday, January 23, 2011
Listen NOW to the Jimmy Webb Special (Part 1 of 2)
Jimmy Webb is the writer of songs like "Up, Up and Away," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," and "Galveston." Jimmy Webb's songs have been covered and performed by artists ranging from Glen Campbell, the 5th Dimension, The Supremes, Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, John Denver and Elvis Presley. According to BMI, his song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song from 1940 to 1990. Jimmy Webb is the only artist to have ever received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration.
Jimmy Webb was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame by Actor Michael Douglas in 1999. He was inducted onto the Borad of Directors for the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in early 2000 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ASCAP. In 2010, he released "Just Across the River," featuring many of his most well known songs and duets featuring the likes of Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler, J. D. Souther and Linda Ronstadt.