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Jimmy Webb

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Elk City OK, United States (1946 – present)

Jimmy Webb (born August 15, 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma) is an idiosyncratic American popular music composer.

Jimmy Webb is responsible for writing numerous popular and Top 10 hits sung by a disparate group of artists, including Glen Campbell (“Galveston”); Art Garfunkel (“All I Know”); Donna Summer and many others.

Webb’s father was a Baptist minister and a former Marine. His mother died when he was a teenager. His most popular songs were all composed when he was between 19 and 21 years of age.

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century.

He is noted for having written songs that were hits in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and is the only person to receive Grammy Awards in all three categories: music, lyrics and orchestration. Webb has also written the music for the animated film The Last Unicorn.

Webb is also a performer of his own music, although his solo output has never matched the commercial success of recordings of his work by other performers.

He was elected to the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986.

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  • WinsomeWinnower

    Love this man!

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • semionato

    i'm late to the amazingness of mr. webb. "just across the river" is most likely the album of the year so far.

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • isles

    the original letters version of galveston is incredible.

    30 Jul 2009 Reply
  • the4thnorse

    far too few plays

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • odyshape

    Me wuvs me some fine Wimmy Jebb

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SPLewis

    His version of Galveston is so much better than the way Glenn Campbell sung it.

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • soundrecordings

    He played a Wichita Lineman medlie for my friends and I in his livingroom 4 years ago. He is more that the sum of his released songs!

    7 Apr 2008 Reply

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