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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.
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Rita Wilson records first solo CD

Rita Wilson records first solo CD

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The first solo album of American actress, producer and writer Rita Wilson is set for release this spring, Decca Records announced.
Songwriters Hall of Fame to induct Garth

Songwriters Hall of Fame to induct Garth

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint are to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 15, 2008.
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Paul Anka to get Mercer award

Paul Anka to get Mercer award

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. entertainer Paul Anka has been chosen to receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame 2008 Awards dinner in New York.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2006 with 138 to go.
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Chazz: 'Bronx Tale' to be B'way musical

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- New York actor Chazz Palminteri says his acclaimed 1993 film "A Bronx Tale" is heading for Broadway.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2005 with 138 to go.
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The weekly UPI Almanac package for August 15-21, 2005.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2004 with 138 to go.
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Feature: Scott Hamilton's double-whammy

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Skating champion Scott Hamilton must not worry about overexposure -- otherwise, why would he host two upcoming TV specials less than three weeks apart?
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Music men Feinstein, Webb tour America

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- When one of the foremost interpreters of the traditional Great American Songbook teams up with one of the outstanding songwriters of today, there is only one wa
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Jimmy Webb
NYP2003061217 - NEW YORK, JUNE 12 (UPI) Composer/ lyrcist Jimmy Webb poses for the media after accepting the "Johnny Mercer Award" on June 12, 2003 at the New York ceremonies for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Jimmy Layne Webb (born August 15, 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma) is an American songwriter. His compositions include "Up, Up and Away", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston", "The Worst That Could Happen","Didn't We", and "MacArthur Park". His songs have been recorded or performed by Glen Campbell, The 5th Dimension, Thelma Houston, The Supremes, Richard Harris, Johnny Maestro, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, R.E.M., and Chet Atkins, among others. According to BMI, his song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 to 1990. He is the only artist to have ever received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

Webb's father, Robert Lee Webb, was a Baptist minister and former member of the United States Marine Corps who presided over rural churches in southwestern Oklahoma and west Texas. With his mother's encouragement, Webb learned piano and organ and by the age of 12 was playing in the choir of his father's churches, accompanied by his father on guitar and his mother on accordion. Webb grew up in a conservative religious home where his father restricted radio listening to country music and white gospel music.

During the late 1950s, Webb started writing songs, influenced by the church music he played and also by some of the new music he heard, including Elvis Presley. In 1961, at the age of 14, he bought his first record, "Turn Around, Look at Me" by Glen Campbell. Webb was drawn to the singer's distinctive voice.

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