Jimmy Webb Tickets
Jimmy Webb, A Living Legend
Affectionately called "America's Songwriter," James Layne Webb, better known as Jimmy Webb, may be one of the best songwriters still living and working today. Over the course of a career that has spanned more than fifty years, Webb has written numerous platinum-selling classic songs, is in the Songwriters' Hall of Fame and is the only artist ever to receive a Grammy for music, lyrics and orchestration. He is quite literally a living legend.
Even though he is 68 years old, Jimmy Webb is still touring in North America and Europe on a regular basis. He plays venues large and small, like the Berrie Center for the Performing & Visual Arts in Mahwah, New Jersey to Dimitrou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, Washington to Hugh's Room in Toronto, Ontario to The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina to Band on the Wall in Manchester, United Kingdom. With so many concert dates, Jimmy Webb tickets will be available at some stop on his touring schedule, though you will probably want to buy them early to ensure you can go to the stop nearest to where you live.
Legendary country singer Glenn Campbell played a number of Jimmy Webb songs, namely "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," in the late 1960's. The two first met on the set of a General Motors commercial, in which Campbell was being featured. Webb had Beatle-length long hair at the time he and Campbell first met, and the singer told the songwriter, "Get a haircut," before introducing himself.
Webb has played with a wide variety of different musicians over the years, having been a singer-songwriter creating his own albums since the early 1970's. However, the number of legendary musicians who have played songs Webb has written, and had Webb alongside them onstage to play at some point, are almost too many to name. Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, Art Garfunkel, Joe Cocker and Linda Ronstadt are prime examples. His band currently consists of a rotating number of musicians.
After graduating from San Bernardino Valley College in Southern California with a degree in music, Webb landed a job transcribing songs for a small music publisher. However, his songwriting skills impressed people at Jobete Music, the songwriting arm of MoTown Records, and he wrote his first recorded piece, "My Christmas Tree," which was recorded by The Supremes in 1965. While he wrote other songs that would go on to be hits in the next two years, the biggest breakthrough was when he wrote five songs for the debut album of the group The 5th Dimension. When the album was released, it rocketed into the Top 10, solidifying Webb's reputation as a talented songwriter in the music business.
Webb's first album as a performer, "Words and Music" was widely considered to be a perfect album. Rolling Stone called it "a masterpiece that cannot be improved upon." His next album, "Letters" received the same praise, with many top critics comparing him to Bob Dylan. "Land's End" was recorded in England in 1974 and had a studio band consisting of Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and Nigel Olsson. His next album "El Mirage" was produced by the Beatles' former producer George Martin and is now considered a modern classic.
Jimmy Webb's shows consist of new music and then the numerous hits that have been widely considered some of the best songs ever written in American songwriting history. His crowds are relatively older and well-behaved, appreciative of brilliant music and being in the presence of a living legend. Webb is often the focus of the shows, with his structured sets leading the crowd on a musical journey.
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