News Column

Legendary songwriter-composer Jimmy Webb to perform at Opera House on Sunday, July 21 [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

July 1, 2013


BOOTHBAY HARBOR -- Critically acclaimed songwriter-composer Jimmy Webb will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at The Opera House. Though best known for the instant classics he provided for such artists as Glen Campbell ("By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Where's The Playground, Susie"), Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park," "Didn't We"), the Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away," "This Is Your Life"), The Brooklyn Bridge ("Worst That Could Happen"), Art Garfunkel ("All I Know"), Linda Ronstadt ("Easy For You To Say") and Joe Cocker ("The Moon's A Harsh Mistress"), Webb continues to write songs that are as carefully crafted and magical as the earlier ones.

Over the years Webb has also added his inimitable genius to a number of film and television projects. Beginning his scoring career in 1968, he wrote the title song and a midsummer hit "Montage" for the James Garner-Debbie Reynolds comedy "How Sweet It Is!" followed by an adventurous score for the 1971 classic Western "Doc."

Webb continues in his reign as one of the few masters of American music. His earlier television projects included the theme music and songs for specials with Ringo Starr, Olivia Newton-John and Amy Grant. He has also scored for Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories," Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theatre," MGM Television's "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers," and the television series "E/R."

Webb's accomplishments as a composer, arranger and producer demonstrate that he remains as important and vital a cultural figure today as he was over 30 years ago. Embraced by his peers, Webb has influenced and affected some of the finest musical talents of our time. Frank Sinatra declared "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" as "the greatest torch song ever written," and said he enjoyed singing Webb tunes because "he has been blessed with the emotions and artistic talent of the great lyricists."

Billy Joel credits Jimmy as a major influence on his own foray into the music business. "When I was starting out as a songwriter," said Joel, "I looked to Jimmy Webb as one of the most innovative and musically proficient songwriters of our generation."

Advance tickets are $22 and available through the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 207-633-5159. The box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Tickets are also available online at Tickets purchased on the day of the performance are $27. All seats are general admission. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m.

A service of YellowBrix, Inc.

For more stories covering arts and entertainment, please see HispanicBusiness' Arts & Entertainment Channel

Story Tools Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters