FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    October 30, 2007


            Jimmy Webb is a legend in his native state of Oklahoma, being one of the great American song writers. Northwest Oklahomans will have the opportunity to hear Webb’s magical tunes live at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern Oklahoma State University as part of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series.

            Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for students and are available at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, Alva Chamber of Commerce and Northwestern Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8590.

            Born in Elk City, Webb perhaps is best known for his tremendously popular tunes written for Glen Campbell (“By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”), the Fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away”),  Brooklyn Bridge (“Worst that Could Happen”) and others.

            Some of those early hits were written while Webb was still a teenager. He later wrote the “The Highwayman,” recorded in the late 1980s by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. The ballad won him a Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year and a Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Single of the Year.

            Although he has continued to write for other artists, Webb has honed his own performing career, appearing in sold-out venues around the world--Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, and New Zealand, as well as in the United States.

            TIME magazine raved about Webb’s own recordings for their “gift for strong, varied rhythms, inventive structures and rich, sometimes surprising harmonies.”

            Webb also has branched out into projects for the musical theatre, film and television. He’s also written a best-selling book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, which is considered by many to be the authority on songwriting.

            One of his more recent projects has been writing the lyrics (for Vince Gill’s music) to “Oklahoma Rising,” the state’s official Centennial song.

            Webb is the only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. He is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

            According to BMI, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” has been the third most performed song in the last 50 years and “Up, Up and Away” is in the top-30 list. MOJO Magazine listed “Wichita Lineman” as being in the top 50 of best singles of all time.

            Webb was named in 1993 by the National Academy of Songwriters to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1999 as one of the state’s most celebrated sons. He was elected to the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990.

            He was chosen for the board of directors of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2000 and currently serves on the board of directors for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

            Webb was honored by ASCAP in 2006, awarding him the Voice of Music Award at a Nashville gala. The award, which recognizes artists and songwriters whose music illuminates people’s lives through song, has only been given five other times in ASCAP history. The other recipients are Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Amy Grant and Diane Warren.

            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 Webb as a major influence.

            “When I was starting out as a songwriter, I looked to Jimmy Webb as one of the most innovative and musically proficient songwriters of our generation,” Joel said.

            The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts and the Share Trust of Alva.


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