The critical acclaim composer JIMMY WEBB has received during his decades of success is as remarkable as the accomplishments they honor: Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter's Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and he is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer award for this year's Songwriter's Hall of Fame. The National Academy of Songwriters gave Jimmy their Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1999 Jimmy was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as one of the State's most celebrated sons. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for both The Songwriters' Hall of Fame and ASCAP.
Though best known for his instant classics including "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Where's The Playground, Susie," "MacArthur Park," "Didn't We," "Up, Up and Away," "Worst That Could Happen," All I Know," "Adios," "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress," "The Highwayman," and so on, Webb's work continues to grace a multitude of major recording artists' albums, from Tony Bennett, to Reba McEntire, Linda Ronstadt, and R.E.M.
Intent on launching his own performing career he released six albums in eleven years, earning distinguished reviews and praise following his appearances in top cabaret venues worldwide as he presented material which encompassed a new sophistication. His CD, Suspending Disbelief, produced by Linda Ronstadt received enormous critical acclaim, and led New York Times critic Stephen Holden to state that this album, "may very well be the songwriter's perfect moment." His latest recording effort, Ten Easy Pieces won rave reviews and is a collection of the songwriter's hits as they were originally written. A boxed set of his recordings will be released shortly, and his next album is a joint effort with Michael Feinstein performing all-Webb material. His inclusion in musical celebrations ("All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson at Radio City Hall," "A Celebration of American Music honoring Frank Sinatra" at Carnegie Hall, ASCAP's Founders Award honoring Billy Joel) is mere indication of the versatility Webb has as a songwriter. His acclaimed book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, was reviewed by Musician as "perhaps the finest book about songwriting of our time."
Webb also scores for television, feature films, and musical theatre. His show, "Instant Intimacy," won a grant from the National Endowment for The Arts for "New American Musical," and his latest effort is with actor Chazz Palminteri in a musicalization of A Bronx Tale, (produced by ClearChannel) with a score that has already been acknowledged as "blindingly brilliant."
Jimmy Webb's accomplishments as a writer, composer, performer, arranger, and producer demonstrate beyond question that he is certainly in touch with all aspects of the songwriter's life. In his book Webb states, "the paramount joy of the craft is that, however simply it is begun, it can take the songwriter on a lifelong voyage across many distant and wondrous musical seas." For Jimmy Webb, that's a spectacular series of events indeed.