Alternate headline: “Wayne Newton to Will Lee: ‘I’m not worthy. I’m not worthy.’”
If you missed this performance on Monday night’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” carve 6 minutes out of your day and take in a version of “MacArthur Park” that even Donna Summer, Waylon Jennings and Wayne Newton would have to admit may well be the best performance of the Jimmy Webb classic ever–from the orchestration to Will Lee’s vocals.
The cherry on top? Check out who’s playing keyboard and piano with Paul Shaffer–Mr. Webb himself.
UPDATE: An obnoxious member of our edit team continues to plague the comments section with nonsense about Donna Summer’s version still being the best–even after video/audio proof of Will Lee’s superior performance. What I’ve learned is that, when someone has a delusional opinion based on nothing but sentiment for an era loooooong since passed, don’t try to change their opinion. Just needle them until they cry.
For those who’d like to compare the two, here’s Summer’s inferior version:
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