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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

Vet­eran Amer­i­can song­writer Jimmy Webb is on his way here for a se­ries of solo shows start­ing at Bris­bane’s Pow­er­house on June 24. His visit co­in­cides with the pub­li­ca­tion of his mem­oir, ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled The Cake and the Rain, a nod to one of his most fa­mous com­po­si­tions, MacArthur Park. This first in­stal­ment of the 70-year-old’s life story takes us from his child­hood in Ok­la­homa to the bright lights of Los An­ge­les in 1970, by which time Webb had al­ready es­tab­lished him­self as a young-gun song­smith, writ­ing hits such as By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Up, Up and Away, Witchita Line­man and, of course, MacArthur Park, which be­came a huge in­ter­na­tional hit for ac­tor Richard Har­ris in 1968. The Cake and the Rain

Jimmy Webb, not out in the rain

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