Perhaps one of the weirdest "love songs" ever written and recorded. Written by song writing genius Jimmy Webb and bizarrely recorded by his mate, actor and infamous hell-raiser Richard Harris. Who couldn't sing! MacArthur Park, is a 7 minute long psychedelic orchestral trip, involving surreal metaphors about cakes being left out in the rain, and an instrumental middle section that sounds very similar to the cinema advertising music of Paul & Dean. No wonder most people who Jimmy presented it to rejected it. The song is epic, and in a bizarre twist, getting his drinking buddy Richard Harris to sing turned out to be a mad moment of musical wonderment. Thus creating a crazy classic, one hit wonder.
The musical collage of strange imagery, was written by Jimmy in 1967, after he broke-up with his girlfriend. Harris had asked Webb for a song to record, and after listening to a number of possible choices, he went for the last song Webb played him, MacArthur Park. Harris recorded the song in late 1967, backed by the infamous LA based session musicians, the Wrecking Crew. Despite making onto lists of the worst songs ever recorded, it was a hit. Peaking at No.4 in the UK charts and No.2 on the Billboard charts in the US.
In the summer of 1978, disco diva Donna Summer, recorded a version of the song. The song reached No.1 on the Billboard charts, giving Jimmy Webb his only No.1 hit in the United States. In addition, Summer recorded an 18 minute long 12" version, called the MacArthur Park Suite, which stayed at No.1 in the charts for 5 weeks.
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