Tunesmith: The Songs of Jimmy Webb

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, Zeeber Gold

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013

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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