JIMMY WEBB

I have to be perfectly honest and say I'm not a great fan of Jimmy Webb's music.
I can recognise the work of a craftsman - I'm just not very fond of the design.

His best known songs, namely By The Time I Get To Phoenix ; Wichita Lineman ; Galveston and Honey Come Back were all hits for Glen Campbell back in the late 60's. He also wrote the one-off pop melodrama Macarthur Park, a hit for Richard Harris in 1968, Didn't We, also popularised by Harris, and Up,Up and Away recorded by Fifth Dimension in 1967.

For me, his songs suffer from an over-sentimentality which is not completely redeemed by the skill with which they are put together. Many top recording artists would no doubt disagree.