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Friday, December 28, 2012

Jimmy Webb’s Great American Songbook

Jimmy Webb (www.jimmywebb.com)

Jimmy Webb’s most recent original album is “Just Across The River.” (www.jimmywebb.com)

Jimmy Webb is probably better known for the songs he’s written for other people to sing. Think Glen Campbell singing “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” or “Galveston.”

But Webb is also a terrific singer himself. That’s clearly on display on his latest original album, “Just Across The River,” which features duets with Campbell, Linda Ronstadt and other artists who love his songwriting.

Many of Glen Campbell’s biggest hits were written by Jimmy Webb, but until Webb’s 2010 CD “Just Across The River” the two had never recorded together. His producer Fred Mollin reminded Webb of that. (See bonus sound clip below.)

Songs in this piece (all songs written by Jimmy Webb):

Jimmy Webb's "Just Across The River"

“Up Up and Away” performed by The Fifth Dimension
“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” performed by Glen Campbell
“Adios” performed by Linda Ronstadt
“5:30 Plane” performed by The Supremes
“MacArthur Park” performed by Richard Harris
“Highwayman” performed by Jimmy Webb and Mark Knopfler
“It Won’t Bring Her Back” performed by Jimmy Webb
“Oklahoma Nights” performed by Jimmy Webb and Vince Gill
“Wichita Lineman” performed by Jimmy Webb and Billy Joel
“By the time I Get To Phoenix” performed by Jimmy Webb and Glen Campbell
“Galveston” performed by Jimmy Webb and Lucinda Williams
“All I Know” performed by Jimmy Webb and Linda Ronstadt

This segment originally aired September 6, 2010.

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