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Jimmy Layne Webb born August 15, is an American songwriter, composer, and singer. Webb was born on August 15, in Elk City, Oklahoma.
With his mother's encouragement, Webb learned piano and organ, and by the age of 12 was playing in Mornarev San - Dražen Žanko - Od Stoljeća Sedmog choir of his father's churches, accompanied by his father on guitar and his mother on accordion. During the late s, Webb began applying his creativity to the music he was playing at his father's church, frequently improvising and rearranging the hymns.
Webb was drawn to the singer's distinctive voice. Jimmy Webb was raised in Laverne, Oklahoma. Following the death of his mother inhis father made plans to return to Oklahoma. Webb decided to stay in California to continue his music studies and to pursue a career as a songwriter in Los Angeles. Webb By The Time I Get To Phoenix - The Revells - The Jimmy Webb Songbook later recall his father warning him about his musical aspirations, saying, "This songwriting thing is going to break your heart.
After transcribing other The Hexhamshire Lass - Fairport Convention - Nine By The Time I Get To Phoenix - The Revells - The Jimmy Webb Songbook for a small music publisher in Hollywood, Webb was signed to a songwriting By The Time I Get To Phoenix - The Revells - The Jimmy Webb Songbook with Jobete Music, the publishing arm of Motown Records.
Webb contributed five songs to their debut album, Up, Up and Awayincluding the title track " Up, Up and Away ", By The Time I Get To Phoenix - The Revells - The Jimmy Webb Songbook was released as a single in May and reached the Top Ten. Webb's success as a new songwriter underscored what became the central dilemma in his career.
While his sophisticated melodies and orchestrations were embraced by mainstream audiences, his peers were embracing counterculture sounds. Webb was quickly becoming out of sync with his times.
InTime acknowledged Webb's range, proficiency, and "gift for strong, varied rhythms, inventive structures, and rich, sometimes surprising harmonies".
One of the songs, " MacArthur Park ", was a long, complex piece with multiple movements that was originally rejected by the group The Association. Despite the song's seven minute, twenty-one second length, Harris's version reached 2 on the Hot on 22 June The album A Tramp Shining stayed on the charts for almost a year.
Webb and Campbell had first met during the production of a General Motors commercial. Webb arrived at the recording session with his Beatle -length hair and approached the conservative singer, who looked up from his guitar and said, "Get a haircut. Webb finished up the year by writing, arranging, and producing Thelma Houston 's first album, Sunshower. He began to withdraw from the formulaic process in which he worked and began to experiment with his music.
He started work on a semi-autobiographical Broadway musical called His Own Dark Citywhich reflected the emotional displacement he felt at the time. He also wrote music for the films How Nag Nag Nag - Various - Durchbruch Hitz Vol.1 It Is! Webb's career as a singer-songwriter got off to a rough start with the "counterfeit" album Jim Webb Sings Jim Webbreleased by Epic Records in According to Webb, the album was produced "by a bunch of ruffians from some old demos of mine and tarted up to sound like 'MacArthur Park'".
Despite the critical reception that followed each of these projects, Webb has never been as successful as a performer as he has been as a songwriter and arranger.
Each album was noted for its inventive music and memorable lyrics. Webb's debut album as a performer, Words and Musicwas released on Reprise Records in late to critical acclaim. Rolling Daydream - Katakomb - Giant writer Jon Landau called one of the album's cuts, "P. Sloan", a "masterpiece [that] could not be improved upon". The album also features the ambitious song trilogy "Music for an Unmade Movie".
Webb's follow up album, And So: Onproved equally appealing to critics. Webb's album Letterswhich features his own rendition of "Galveston", met with similar praise. Music critic Bruce Eder called Letters the "most surprising, diverse, and possibly the most satisfying of all of Jimmy Webb's early solo LPs" and "arguably the best of Webb's solo albums". Produced, arranged, and conducted by The Beatles ' former producer, George Martinthe album was Webb's "most polished effort yet as a performer".
Webb's final solo album from this period, Angel Heartwas released in on Lorimar Records. Apart from "Scissors Cut" and "In Cars", which were previously recorded by Art Garfunkelthe album offered few high points, despite its polished production. Throughout the s and into the s, Webb's songs continued to be recorded by some of the industry's most successful artists. Webb is quoted as saying he had a crush on Mary Wilson when he wrote and produced "I Keep It Hid" featuring her on lead vocals.
Inthe initial release of Art Garfunkel 's Watermark album consisted exclusively of songs by Webb. InDonna Summer 's disco version of "MacArthur Park" became a multi-million selling vinyl single that was number one on the American pop music charts for three weeks.
The latter was performed live in by the born-again Bob Dylan. Tanya Tucker recorded "Tennessee Woman" on her album Dreamlovers. In Webb moved to New York state, and said "one day I wondered what happened to the Seventies and all those grandiose schemes.
From toWebb turned his focus from solo performing to large-scale projects, such as film scoresBroadway musicals, and classical music. The rest of the album contains instrumental music composed, arranged, and conducted by Webb.
The cantata tells the Christmas story from the perspective of animals. InWebb produced the soundtrack for the film The Hanoi Hilton. That same year, he reunited with Campbell for the album Still Within the Sound of My Voicefor which he wrote the title song. They followed this up in with an album composed almost entirely of Jimmy Webb songs, Light Years. Two songs from 's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers also appear on the album. Several of these songs later ended up on Webb solo albums.
He has continued to expand his creative landscape to include musicalscommercial jinglesand film scores. InWebb co-produced Carly Simon 's " Film Noir " album and contributed his vocals, orchestration and piano skills to the project which was filmed for an AMC documentary which premiered in September He also co-wrote the song "Film Noir" with Simon. Webb reprised his role as arranger and co-producer on Simon's album, " This Kind of Love ". It was well received by songwriters and performers and became a best-seller.
Inhe released a live album of his show, Live and at Largewhich was recorded in the United Kingdom. Webb appears in the documentary The Wrecking Crew providing thoughtful and descriptive insights into the world of California session musicians in the s.
Southerand Linda Ronstadt. InWebb was unanimously elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Famereplacing Hal David who retired after ten years in that position. In MayWebb traveled to London to receive the prestigious Ivor Novello Special International Awardwhich recognizes non-British writers and composers who have made an extraordinary contribution to the global musical landscape. Webb continues to perform throughout the United States and abroad. Whilst some of Webb's songs are happy, such as "Up, 藍色的夢 - Maggie (17) - 玫瑰夢 and Away", he has said that "The territory I tend to inhabit is that sort of 'crushed lonely hearts' thing.
The first part of a relationship is usually that white-hot centre when all the happy songs come. When that's gone it can be devastating, and that's when the sorrowful songs come.
InWebb married 17 year-old  Patricia 'Patsy' Sullivan, a model- cover girl and youngest child of screen actor Barry Sullivan and Swedish actress and model Gita Hall.
The couple met posing for the cover of Teen when she was twelve years old. Sources say their age difference at the time caused a lot of criticism from the press due to Sullivan's young age. After they married, the couple had four more sons and then a daughter.
After 22 years of marriage, Sullivan and Webb separated and later divorced. Webb did not mention Sullivan in his memoir book The Cake and the Rain. Two of Webb and Sullivan's sons formed a rock band, The Webb Brotherswhich later included the couple's third son, James. The Webb Brothers achieved critical success and had a substantial following in Europe [ citation needed ] and continue to work in the music industry. InWebb and his sons collaborated on the album Cottonwood Farm.
They met again when Savini interviewed Webb for her local television show and the two soon started dating. They settled on the North Shore of Long Island. Savini and Webb have no children.
She is involved in promoting Webb's career. In Sally Field 's memoir, In Piecesshe claimed that she woke up, drugged, with songwriter Jimmy Webb "grinding away" on top of her. We dated and did what year-olds did in the late 60s — we hung out, we smoked pot, we had sex. Webb gave up alcohol a few years after his divorce from Patsy, and revived his performing career.
He had also been a heavy user of marijuana. Webb grew up in a religiously conservative family, and his father was a Christian minister.
I think I lived quite a few years in a kind of haze, because as my manager once put it, I took to marijuana like a fish takes to By The Time I Get To Phoenix - The Revells - The Jimmy Webb Songbook . And though my strong Baptist background broke down to a certain degree, it was always inside me. For a while I really did believe I was a genius. When you read it in the press a hundred times a year, you tend to believe it.
But eventually all the hype caught up Baile Del Vigulin - Luétiga - La Última Cajiga me. In the s Webb talked more openly about his return to the Christian faith of his upbringing and the role it has played in You Beat All I Ever Saw - Waylon Jennings - The Dark Side Of Fame (The One And Only) music.
In addition to his cantata, The Animals' Christmashe Fill Up The Night With Music - Standback - Norwegian Wood always included religious songs in his albums—" Psalm One-Five-O ", " Jerusalem ", and "I Will Arise" are a few examples—and his lyrics have included biblical verses and allusions.
I couldn't write a song without God. He is the great source, my inspiration, the current that I have to connect to. Sadly I've not always used the gift He's given me—the answered prayer—as best as I could or should have. I've made mistakes. I've done things I wish I hadn't done. Webb has stated, "I am a strong believer in God God is important to me.
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