"All I Know" was written by the perennial hit songwriter Jimmy Webb
, who also wrote such hits as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix
," "Wichita Lineman
" and "MacArthur Park
Webb was smitten with the Welsh beauty Rosemarie Frankland, who was Miss World in 1961. She wasn't interested, but Webb took his best shot, writing a song about her that he played for her in a romantic setting at the Dorchester Hotel in London. After he played the song, Frankland declared it "silly," leaving him crestfallen.
On his flight back to the United States, Webb read the latest issue of Rolling Stone
, which revealed that Simon & Garfunkel were splitting up. His spirits lifted as he realized Garfunkel would need songs for his first solo album.
Webb finagled a meeting with Garfunkel, where he played him a version of the song he wrote for the beauty queen, "All I Know." Garfunkel loved it and released it as his first single post-Simon.