Jimmy Webb to bring songs, stories to Conn. performance

If you have heard the 5th Dimension sing “Up, Up and Away,” watched Glen Campbell perform “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” or  “Wichita Lineman” or caught Richard Harris and, later, Donna Summer power their way through “MacArthur Park,” then you know some of Jimmy Webb‘s work.

This legendary singer, songwriter and composer (at right) earned his first gold record by the age of 18, and has continued to find success throughout his career. He has received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration and has seen his songs recorded by artists such as Tony Bennett, Isaac Hayes and Shawn Colvin.

For the past 40 years, he has released a string of his own records, and keeps busy as chairman of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. You can also find him in the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

His latest album, “Just Across the River,” features duets with many different singers, including Billy Joel, Lucinda Williams, JD Souther and Mark Knopfler. And, according to a recent news release, he is working to complete his next album, which will feature guests such as Joe Cocker,  Keith Urban, David Crosby, Lyle Lovett and others. It is set for release in the spring.

In the meantime, you can catch him live when he visits the University of Saint Joseph’s Hoffman Auditorium (1678 Asylum Ave.) in West Hartford to perform and share stories about his career. The Feb. 22 event begins at 7:30 p.m. Here is the information on tickets. For more information, call 860-231-5555.

Christina Hennessy