Board of Directors: Jimmy Webb
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Board of Directors: Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb was born in 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma on Route 66. Raised by an ex-Marine Southern Baptist minister father and a mother who insisted he master the piano by age 12, he was working the publishing houses of Hollywood at age 16 and was a self-proclaimed "professional songwriter" at age 17. Mentored by Johnny Rivers and Lou Adler, Webb arrived on the scene at a propitious moment and strung together a necklace of hit songs, the very first of which was an album cut for the original Supremes Christmas album. "Up, Up and Away" for the Fifth Dimension, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman" for Glen Campbell followed and the kid some had dismissed as a "one hit wonder" went on to create a modern standard repertoire including "Didn't We" for Sinatra and Bennett, "Worst That Could Happen" for Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge and in 1976, Webb's "Macarthur Park" went #1 for a month with Donna Summer.

In the 80's, Webb received a Grammy for Best Country Song for the "Highwayman," later co-opted as the name of the supergroup that included Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. His first album production for Carly Simon, Film Noir, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1997.

Webb is a recipient of both the Johnny Mercer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Oklahoma native is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, but is most proud of his membership in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Music from Five Towns College and Oklahoma City University. He has been awarded three Grammys for Song of the Year ("Up, Up and Away," 1967), Best Orchestration ("Macarthur Park," 1969) and Best Country Song ("Highwayman," 1985). He has been recently awarded ASCAP's Voice Of Music award, which among other things honors him as an "exemplary advocate for the rights of creators."