I will probably never know why I love this song so much. It caught my ear when it was originally sung by Richard Harris but then Donna Summer came out with her version during the disco era and I was really hooked. Something about this song just inspires and I enjoy it a lot. When the Queen of Disco belted out this song it was just magical. Finally, on November 11, 1978 her version made it all the way to number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
“MacArthur Park” was written by Jimmy Webb in 1968. This successful songwriter has also written other hits such as “Up, Up and Away”. Webb had been considering writing a “cantata” which is a complex 22-minute long piece with orchestral backing. He was hoping that when the group The Association recorded “Up, Up and Away” they would also consider his cantata but they didn’t care for it. He then changed the song and came up with odd things like cakes melting in the rain in a Los Angeles, California park of all things. Harris, a British actor was willing to record the song and for him, it reached the number two slot.
Ten years later along came Donna Summer and it just seemed that “MacArthur Park” was ready to become a disco hit, wet cakes left out in parks in the rain and all. As a result, it became the biggest hit of her career to date, and the first of her four number one hits.
The photo is a Wiki image of the real MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.