Americana songwriting legend, composer and singer Jimmy Webb is responsible for some of the most notable hits of the late 20th century. Among many claims to fame, Webb wrote such hits as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston” and “Wichita Lineman,” popularized by Glen Campbell, “Up, Up and Away,” and the soaring masterpiece, “MacArthur Park,” which became a hit for Richard Harris in the late 1960s. In fact, in 2013 he performed that iconic tune at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park during the annual concert series there. Concert organizers actually presented him with a cake covered with green icing in honor of the performance.
In his career, Webb has received Grammy Awards for his music, lyrics and orchestration. His songs have been performed by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins and Michael Feinstein. Visit jimmywebb.com.
Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, in Memorial Park, corner of Walnut Street and Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 683-3230 or visit levittpavilionpasadena.org.