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Can You Hum a Few Bars?

12/27/2013 10:15 PM | Cathy Noblick (Administrator)
Do you recognize any of these song titles: “By the Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" (Glen Campbell); "Didn't We" (Richard Harris); "Up, Up and Away" (the Fifth Dimension); "Easy For You To Say" (Linda Ronstadt); "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress" (Joe Cocker); "The Highwayman" (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson)?  These are just a few of the multitude of hit songs penned by the iconic Jimmy Webb.  We are so lucky that Jimmy has agreed to appear at The Strand Theater in Lakewood on January 10 for our first event of 2014. With New Jersey singer-songwriters Allie Moss and Peter Myers, this is a show not to be missed!

The critical acclaim composer Jimmy Webb has received during his more than forty years of success is as remarkable as the accomplishments they honor: he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and, according to BMI, his “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” has been the third most performed song from the 60s until 1990, with “Up, Up and Away” on the same list in the top thirty. Webb’s, “Wichita Lineman” has been listed in MOJO Magazine’s worldwide survey of the best one hundred singles of all time in the top fifty, and was singled out in the Oct/Nov 2001 issue of Blender as “The Greatest Song Ever.” Even singer/songwriter James Taylor was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for "Best Male Pop Vocal" for his rendition of the song. The National Academy of Songwriters also named Jimmy as 1993’s recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award, although TIME Magazine was early to acknowledge Jimmy Webb’s range and proficiency back in 1968 when it referred to his astonishing string of hits, and commented on “Webb’s gift for strong, varied rhythms, inventive structures, and rich, sometimes surprising harmonies.” In 1999 Jimmy was inducted by actor Michael Douglas into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as one of the State’s most celebrated sons, he was inducted onto the Board of Directors for The Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in early 2000, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ASCAP. In 2011 Webb was unanimously elected as Chairman of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, replacing Hal David’s ten year reign in the same position.

Although Jimmy Webb is best known for the numerous top-ten and platinum-selling songs he penned, he has also received acclaim as a performer, with multiple recordings to his credit. (For even more information about the accomplishments of Jimmy Webb, see the entire bio on the event page at www.strand.org).

Allie Moss is a New Jersey singer, vocal coach and guitarist who recently completed a European tour with Ingrid Michaelson.  Peter Myers, also a native of New Jersey, has over 150 titles to his credit and has performed throughout New York and New Jersey.

Tickets for this concert are $20.00 and are available at www.strand.org.                        Tickets for the concert and the pre-show meet & greet are $35.00 and include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Active members of MOAM can receive a $5.00 discount by emailing musiciansonamission@gmail for the discount code. The concert begins at 8:00, with the pre-show beginning at 6:30. Limited to just 165 seats, this intimate performance allows the audience to sit on stage with the performers, with the beautiful interior of the Strand Theater as a backdrop. This event will benefit The Strand Theater, a nonprofit organization bringing cultural arts to the Jersey Shore since 1922.
After attending this show, everyone will be humming Jimmy Webb’s classic hits.

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