One of the most acclaimed songwriters of his generation, Jimmy Webb is a superb craftsman who has been called a contemporary version of Hoagy Carmichael or Cole Porter. His iconic songs are far more well-known than he is, since they were all hits for others, including "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Galveston," and "Wichita Lineman" for Glen Campbell; "Up, Up and Away" for the Fifth Dimension; "MacArthur Park" for Richard Harris; "All I Know" for Art Garfunkel; and "Easy for You to Say" for Linda Ronstadt. Webb's acute ear for melody, his distinctive way of telling a story, his adept way of working memorable lyrics for poignancy and pathos while sidestepping sentimentality are among his trademarks. Webb was also a pioneer in taking charge of entire albums for other artists: writing, arranging, and producing for the likes of Harris, Thelma Houston, and the Fifth Dimension. Webb recorded his own albums, but with only modest success despite his own voice serving his... More >>>