Australian singles charts:
Macarthur Park entered the Kent charts on 22 June 1968 and went all the way to #1. The song was #9 on the Kent Top 100 of 1968.
The song is on A Tramp Shining which entered the Kent album charts on 7 September 1968 and peaked at #6.
SCROLL DOWN FOR BONUS CLIP: Donna Summer sings Macarthur Park live
In 1967, producer Bones Howe had asked Jimmy Webb to create a pop song with different movements and changing time signatures. Webb delivered MacArthur Park to Howe with “everything he wanted”, but Howe did not care for the ambitious arrangement and unorthodox lyrics and the song was rejected by the group the Association, for whom it was originally intended.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park_(song)
Jimmy Webb, who wrote the song, explained in Q magazine: “It’s clearly about a love affair ending, and the person singing it is using the cake and the rain as a metaphor for that. OK, it may be far out there, and a bit incomprehensible, but I wrote the song at a time in the late 1960s when surrealistic lyrics were the order of the day.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/richard-harris/macarthur-park
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Donna Summer singing Macarthur Park live at ‘Night of the Proms’ in Belgium in 2005.
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