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General Info

Year: 1967 /
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop vocal
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.


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Program Notes

MacArthur Park is a 1967 song by Jimmy Webb, originally composed as part of an intended cantata. Webb initially brought the entire cantata to The Association, but the group rejected it. Richard Harris was the first to record the song, in 1968; it was subsequently covered by numerous artists. Among the best-known covers are Donna Summer's disco arrangement from 1978 and Waylon Jennings's version recorded in 1969 and his recording of the song from 1976. Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman all performed big-band jazz arrangements.

While it was a commercially successful song multiple times after it was released, MacArthur Park used flowery lyrics and metaphors (most famously, love being likened to a cake left out in the rain) that were considered by media such as the Los Angeles Times to be "polarizing" and "loopy".

-Program Notes from Wikipedia

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