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Poets and Prophets: Salute to Songwriter Jimmy Webb

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 02:00pm

​Jimmy Webb has written some of the most enduring country and pop classics in the American songbook. The New York-based Oklahoma native was a chief source of material for Glen Campbell, who recorded Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” fifty years ago. Campbell reached #1 with “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston,” and charted with Webb’s “Honey Come Back.” Waylon Jennings earned his first Grammy with Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” in 1969. In 1986, Webb won another Grammy, Country Song of the Year, for “Highwayman,” a #1 hit for Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson as the Highwaymen. Webb is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Last year he received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award. This interview and performance will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings.

This program takes place in the Museum's Ford Theater and will also be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. The live stream is powered by NewTek TriCaster.

After the program Webb will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters and copies of his new memoir, The Cake and the Rain (St. Martin’s Press).