Oklahoma City Community College will close out its 2012-13 Cultural Arts Series season with one of music’s finest composers, songwriters and performers: Jimmy Webb.
Webb, an Oklahoma native, will be live at OCCC on March 26 to share his classics and much more during a sold-out show in the Bruce Owen Theater.
The Elk City native also will give a master class, “A Conversation with Jimmy Webb,” at 1 p.m. March 26 at the Rodeo Opry, 2221 Exchange Ave. The class is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.occc.edu/CAS.
As previously reported, Webb will return to Oklahoma City to headline the Blue Door’s anniversary month in May. The Oklahoma Hall of Famer, 66, will play a two-night stand at the Blue Door on May 17-18. For more information, go to www.bluedoorokc.com.
About Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb has written, composed and performed timeless pop, country and rock classics; classics like “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “The Highwayman” and many more. A true songwriting legend, Webb’s hits have been performed by Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon and many others.
A critically acclaimed composer for more than 40 years, Webb’s remarkable accomplishments include Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration; induction into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame; the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame; and, according to Broadcast Music Inc., Webb’s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” was the third most performed song from the ’60s until 1990, with “Up, Up and Away” on the same list in the top 30.
Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” has been listed in the top 50 of MOJO Magazine’s worldwide survey of the 100 best singles of all time, and was singled out in the October/November 2001 issue of Blender as “The Greatest Song Ever.” Singer-songwriter James Taylor was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for Best Male Pop Vocal for his rendition of the song.
The National Academy of Songwriters named Webb as 1993’s recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1999 he was inducted by actor Michael Douglas into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as one of the state’s most celebrated sons. For his latest recording effort, 2010′s “Just Across The River,” Webb teamed with some notable artists such as Billy Joel, Mark Knopfler, Lucinda Williams, and Willie Nelson in duets of some of Webb’s best-known works.