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Part 1 - Glen Campbell, Fifth Dimension, The Supremes

In the first of 2 one hour programmes, we learn the story behind such classics as Up, Up And Away and By The Time I Get To Phoenix, with the songwriter Jimmy Webb at the keys.

In the first of 2 one hour programmes Johnnie Walker discovers the stories behind the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for his music, lyrics and orchestration. Apart from Burt Bacharach and Hal David, he was one of the first songwriters to be recognised for his achievements and the luminaries who have sung his songs include his long-time collaborator Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt amongst the many. He has been labelled as the "Cole Porter of The Stars" or worse "Pop Music's Mozart". He was "the son of a preacher man" and was restless to break into the World of popular music penning hits as diverse as "MacArthur Park" to "Up Up And Away". We learn how and when he met his idols Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley and how he devised the achingly beautiful lyrics "I need you more than want you and I want you for all time" in "Wichita Lineman" and the bizarre "someone's left the cake out in the rain" for "MacArthur Park", which may have been credited to the poet WH Auden. It's a fascinating tale which Jimmy Webb tells by way of the keyboard and a frank chat with Johnnie Walker.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Glen Campbell

    Wichita Lineman

    • Country Moods (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Richard Harris

    MacArthur Park

    • Radio 2 - More Songs of the Century (Various Artists).
    • Telstar.
    • 9.
  • Harry Nilsson

    All I Ask

    • A Little Touch of Schmilsson In The Night.
    • RCA.
    • 11.
  • The Supremes

    My Christmas Tree

    • 20 Motown Christmas Classics (Variou.
    • Hitsville.
  • Jimmy Webb

    Do What You Gotta Do (Live Rec 030518)

  • Four Tops

    Do What You Gotta Do

    • The Four Tops - The Singles Collectio.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Thelma Houston

    Sunshower

    • Sunshower.
    • Passion.
    • 1.
  • Jimmy Webb

    The Moon's a Harsh Mistress

    • Produced by George Martin: 50 Years Of Recording.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Jimmy Webb

    Up, Up And Away (Live Rec 030518)

  • The 5th Dimension

    Up, Up And Away

    • This Is Easy (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
    • 74.
  • Thelma Houston

    Everybody Gets To The Moon

    • Sunshower.
    • Passion.
    • 2.
  • Jimmy Webb

    Any Day Now (Live Rec 030518)

  • Glen Campbell

    By the Time I Get to Phoenix

    • Sixties Legends (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
  • Glen Campbell

    Honey Come Back

    • Glen Campbell Greatest Hits.
    • Capitol.
    • 1.
  • Glen Campbell

    Galveston

    • Country Roads (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.

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