Win tickets: Sinatra and Campbell made me a star, says Jimmy Webb - AUDIO

BY The Time I Get To Phoenix songwriter Jimmy Webb plays his one man jukebox show of greatest hits at Sheffield City Hall next month - and we have tickets to be won online.

He's the man who put the words in the mouths of some of the world's greatest entertainers including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett and Sheffield's own Joe Cocker.

But, in an exclusive chat with The Star Digital Editor Graham Walker, he praised two legends who made him world famous - Frank Sinatra and Glen Campbell.

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"They made me a songwriting star simply by mentioning me on stage and saying, 'this is a song by Jimmy Webb'. All of a sudden, disc jockeys were saying the same, monkey see monkey do. Then on television, all of a sudden, you are a personality. And it comes from repeating your name,' he said.

"I talk about Mr Sinatra in the show because we knew each over for about 30 years. The first time I heard him singing one of my songs on the radio I thought, 'this can't be me, that can't be him and this can't be happening'.

"We would get together once every couple of years. I would play songs for him."

Sinatrarecorded Webb's Didn't We, McArthur Park, Whatever Happened to Christmas and By the Time I Get to Phoenix, which Ol' Blue Eyesdescribed as "the greatest torch song ever written".

But Campbell made that song into a world wide hit, plus Webb classics Wichita Lineman and Galveston.

Many of his hits feature on a new duets album withsome of the stars he's worked with, called Just Across The River. It's a taste of what fans can expect at the Memorial Hall, at Sheffield City Hall on Wednesday, February 9.

Webb, aged 64, speaking from his New York home, said: "I ask for a show of hands. I do a lot of hits if it's a crowd that's never seen me before. If they are hard-core Webb-heads, we've obscure things lurking on the back of albums."

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