"Jimmy Webb" (born August 15 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma) is an idiosyncratic American popular music composer.
Jimmy Webb is responsible for writing numerous popular and Top 10 hits sung by a disparate group of artists, including Glen Campbell ("By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston"), Art Garfunkel ("All I Know"), Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park"), The Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away") and The Highwaymen, consisting of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, ("The Highwayman"), Linda Ronstadt, and many others.
Webb's father was a Baptist minister and a former Marine. His mother died when he was a teenager. His most popular songs were all composed when he was between 19 and 21 years of age.
"By The Time I Get To Phoenix" is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century.
Webb has had his songs recorded by a wide range of artists, including R.E.M. and Frank Sinatra. As one of the few "classic" songwriter specialists of the rock age, he has been compared to the great composers/songwriters/arrangers of the past, including George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Burt Bacharach. Webb's "The Girls' Song," according to ...