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Jimmy Webb remembers: America’s songwriter talks about Elvis, Kenny Rankin, Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell

Jimmy Webb is one of the most honored songwriters of our time. Frank Sinatra called Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” the greatest torch song ever written. It was the third most performed song between 1940 and 1990, according to BMI, behind only “Yesterday” by John Lennon and The Association’s “Never My Love.” He’s the only artist to ever win Grammys in three categories: music, lyrics and orchestration. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, The National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, a member of ASCAP’s board of directors and a recipient of the 2003 Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award.

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Melodie Johnson Howe: Hollywood reflections

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Actor-turned-mystery writer Melodie Johnson Howe's 21st birthday was memorable for several reasons. Although it was 46 years ago, she remembers every detail. 

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Old Yellow Moon: Timeless songs, special moments

During our recent conversation about the selection process for “Old Yellow Moon,” his new record with long-time friend and musical collaborator Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell said they chose the 12 songs because they were timeless, but not in an oldies kind of way.

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Randy Susan Meyers on multiple points of view - ‘Everybody’s story is true to them.’

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An affair never just effects the two people involved, especially if one of the lovers is married.

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Of Note: Two Texas originals release CDs

Two of the best songwriters Texas ever produced released records this year. Willie Nelson’s “Let Face the Music and Dance” came out in April. Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture of You” drops today. Both artists take a look back with fondness. One honors music of a by-gone era. The other  honors his lady love.

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