Glen Campbell’s death on Tuesday after a long decline from Alzheimer’s disease came as no surprise, though it set off a tidal wave of media tributes to the Arkansas native who became one of the biggest country-pop superstars ever.
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Among those who made a guest appearance on Campbell’s final album “Adios,” released in June, was Austin legend Willie Nelson. The two recorded a touching duet rendition of Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away” that struck a poignant chord, the lyrics much more relevant now than when Nelson wrote them more than a half-century ago.
Though Nelson never made a record with Campbell like he did with other fellow country greats such as Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Roger Miller, the two men had known each other since the 1960s. They also shared a bond via the Jimmy Webb song “Highwayman,” which Campbell recorded as the title track to an album he released in 1979. That was full six years before Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson released their country chart-topping version of the song and adopted its name for their ongoing collaboration the Highwaymen.
Webb, who still tours regularly — he’ll be at One World Theatre on Oct. 26 — last year brought a show called “The Glen Campbell Years” to Austin. We spoke at length with Webb about Campbell before that concert.