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Jimmy Webb, the Oklahoma-born son of a preacher, is a critically-acclaimed songwriting talent whose music has been taken enthusiastically by the public to its heart over more than thirty years of success. Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration; and he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters' Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
Though best known for the instant classics he provided for such artists as Glen Campbell ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Gal- veston," "Where's The Playground, Susie"), Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park," "Didn't We"), The Fifth Dimension, ("Up, Up and Away," "This Is Your Life"), The Brooklyn Bridge ("Worst That Could Happen"), Art Garfunkel ("All I Know"), Linda Ronstadt ("Easy For You To Say"), Joe Cocker ("The Moon's A Harsh Mistress") and so on, Jimmy Webb continues to write new songs that are as carefully crafted and magical as his others. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson hit #1 in the late '80s with a new Webb standard: "The Highwayman," a ballad which won him yet another Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year, and a CMA Award for Single of the Year. Linda Ronstadt, who has recorded a multitude of his songs throughout her career, included four of his efforts on her double platinum album Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind, and scored a top ten in 1990 with her rendition of Webb's "Adios." Webb's songs continue to grace a multitude of major recording artists' albums, from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney to Urge Overkill and R.E.M.
Having five top ten hits within 20 months in the late '60s, Jimmy Webb began the '70s intent on launching his own performing career, releasing six albums in eleven years, including: Words And Music (1970), And So: On (1971), Land's End (1974), El Mirage (1977), and Angel Heart (1982), while writing hits for other recording stars. Throughout the years, he continued to hone his performance skills, and earned distinguished reviews and praise following his appearances in top cabaret venues. His first album in over a decade. Suspending Disbelief (1993), produced by Linda Ronstadt and George Massenburg, received enormous critical acclaim, and Webb's most recent recording effort, Ten Easy Pieces, is a collection of the songwriter's hits as he performs them the way they were originally written.
Following Webb's 1999 induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, he has been touring internationally, most recently in Australia and Japan, as he continues his work on several projects for musical theatre. He will be appearing in March, 2001 at the prestigious "Feinstein's At the Regency," with Patti LuPone doing an all-Webb program, and he is currently recording an all-Webb album with Michael Feinstein. In 1999 Jimmy Webb wrote the consummate book on songwriting, Tunesmith, which was acclaimed as the "finest book about songwriting of our time," by Musician magazine.
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