Tunesmith: The Songs of Jimmy Webb

Today’s pro­gramme focus­es on Amer­i­can folk music over the last cou­ple of cen­turies, and in par­tic­u­lar on the songs of quin­tes­sen­tial Amer­i­can tune­smith Jim­my Webb, writer of such great songs as Macarthur Park, By The Time I Get To Phoenix and Galve­ston, per­formed by Webb him­self and by oth­er musi­cians who have made his songs famous.

If you’re famil­iar with per­for­mances of Web­b’s songs by, for exam­ple, Glen Camp­bell, you may be sur­prised by how dif­fer­ent they sound when per­formed by the com­pos­er him­self, some­times solo and on oth­er occa­sions with the sup­port of lead­ing musi­cians from Nashville and else­where, where they reveal new dimen­sions that add sig­nif­i­cant­ly to songs you may already know and love.

Zee­ber Gold: The Fan­tas­tic Real­i­ty

Zee­ber Gold, our series of inter­views with the movers and shak­ers of the 60s and 70s, takes a slight turn today at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK) as we enter The Fan­tas­tic Real­i­ty. P.J. Orte, the voice of Lit­tle Frie­da from the Jack Flan­ders adven­tures and else­where, hosts this hour-long pro­gramme on fan­ta­sy & real­i­ty and the fun we have when the two blend into one. This was orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed for NPR as a Hal­loween Spe­cial, but it has noth­ing to do with Hal­loween. It’s a pret­ty neat pro­gram with lots of snip­pets of ZBS pro­duc­tions woven with­in, and of course P.J.’s entic­ing voice lur­ing you on.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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