The Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2016
It’s time to whip up another batch of sweet green icing: Songwriter Jimmy Webb will return to Los Angeles for a performance July 9 at MacArthur Park, where he will sing his iconic 1968 ballad “MacArthur Park” in the place that inspired him to write it.
It will be just the second time he has sung the song in the mid-city park. It’s a locale he spent time in while he was still a struggling songwriter trying to carve out a career in the music business after moving to Southern California from his native Oklahoma.
Whiling away time in MacArthur Park, as a break from what he called the “dreariness of a really bottom-scale apartment” he was renting in Silver Lake, put him front and center to images he immortalized in the song. It became an international hit through actor Richard Harris’ sung-spoken recording that ran more than seven minutes.