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Jimmy Webb

AKA Jimmy L. Webb

Born: 15-Aug-1946
Birthplace: Elk City, OK

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Songwriter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Up, Up, and Away!

Explaining his metaphysical 1968 monster hit "MacArthur Park," which is filled with seemingly surreal lyrics that have been debated for decades: "It's just a song about a girlfriend of mine, and this place on Wilshire Boulevard where we used to have lunch, which is called MacArthur Park. And the truth is that everything in the song was visible. There's nothing in it that's fabricated. The old men playing checkers by the trees, the cake that was left out in the rain, all of the things that are talked about in the song are things I actually saw. And so it's a kind of musical collage of this whole love affair that kind of went down in MacArthur Park."

Father: (Baptist minister)
Wife: Patsy Sullivan (dau. of Barry Sullivan, five sons, one daughter)

    University: San Bernardino Valley College, CA

    Jimmy Webb
    Grammy Song Of The Year, "Up, Up And Away" (1967)
    Grammy Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), "MacArthur Park" (1968)
    Grammy Best Country Song, "Highwayman" (1985)
    Songwriters Hall of Fame
    Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
    ASCAP Board of Directors
    ASCAP Vice President (2009-)

    Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (19-Apr-2014)
    Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010) · Himself

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Author of books:
Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting (1998)

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