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