Thursday, November 12, 2020

Celebrity Rock: MacArthur Park (1967-8)

 Actor Richard Harris had come off a run on stage in "Camelot" when he recorded Jimmy Webb's epic "MacArthur Park", which was released in 1967, and peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 in 1968, edged out of the #1 position by Herb Alpert and "This Guy's in Love With You".

Radio stations today play both Harris' version and a disco-tinged #1 cover released a decade later by Donna Summer. Other artists that have recorded "MacArthur" have included The Four Tops, Waylon Jennings, Andy Williams, and Webb's most famous collaborator, Glen Campbell.

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