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Two Hours With Songwriter Jimmy Webb: Part Two

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Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb Performing at Helsinki Festival

Jimmy Webb was possibly the most successful songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s. Classics like "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman," "Up, Up, and Away," and "MacArthur Park" were recorded by hundreds of artists from Glen Campbell to Donna Summer. Webb wrote the songs that others made famous.

Our team made the trek to Glen Cove, New York, to meet Jimmy Webb and his wife Laura Savini at a recording studio near their home. 

Our adventure was not without adversity. We had to catch a very early ferry from Bridgeport to Port Jefferson and drive across Long Island. A flat tire forced us to miss our ferry back home to Connecticut (and our dinner).

It didn't matter, though. What we took home from our day were the sweet remains of time spent with friends, great music, and a spectacular sunset. 

For the first time in Colin McEnroe Show history, we decided to create two shows from our time with Mr. Webb. It was too good to cut. Today, we bring you part two of our two-hour show with Jimmy Webb.

Listen to Part One.

Part Two originally aired on 10/8/2019

Part One originally aired on 10/1/2019

Colin McEnroe and Jonthan McNicol contributed to this show. 

Credit Betsy Kaplan
Sunset in Bridgeport Harbor


Jimmy Webb- Songwriter, pianist, composer, storyteller. He’s won Grammy Awards for his music, lyrics, and orchestration. His songs include “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “MacArthur Park.” He’s the author of Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting and his 2017 memoir, The Cake and the Rain. His latest album is Slipcover.

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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