Songwriting legend Jimmy Webb has replaced Hal David as the Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. David stepped down last month after eleven years as Chairman. Webb’s resume boasts the hits “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “MacArthur Park.” Webb is a multi-time Grammy Winner and recipient of the SHOF’s prestigious Johnny Mercer Award. His latest album, 2010’s Just Across The River, featured guest stars like WIllie Nelson, Billy Joel, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne.
“I have known Jimmy since he emerged as an important songwriting talent more than four decades ago,” said David. “I have also been privileged to work with him as a fellow member on industry Boards of organizations advocating for creators’ rights. Jimmy’s dedication and commitment to music creators make him an excellent choice to lead theD
Said Webb: “It’s truly an honor to have been elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I know that my fellow Board members all join me in thanking Hal David for eleven years of outstanding leadership – a period that saw the Songwriters Hall of Fame establish an important digital presence with its Virtual Museum and, most recently, the launch of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. With Hal at the helm, the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards and Induction Dinner has become one of the most anticipated events on the music industry calendar. Up-and-coming songwriters have benefited from the ongoing SHOF workshops and showcases. With Hal’s involvement as Chairman Emeritus and the can-do spirit of our forward-thinking Board and management, the Songwriters Hall of Fame is poised to expand its role in preserving the legacy of the music creators of the past and helping to educate and inspire the songwriters of the future.”