Jimmy Webb has offered a few words on the passing of country legend Glen Campbell.
The singer, songwriter, and guitarist passed away yesterday (August 8th) following a lengthy, public battle with Alzheimer's.
Glen Campbell developed a deep and lasting bond with Jimmy Webb over the years, turning some of his finest songs - 'Wichita Lineman' for example - into enduring hits.
Jimmy Webb posted an eloquent statement on the passing of his friend a few hours ago. It opens: "Well, that moment has come that we have known was an inevitable certainty and yet stings like a sudden catastrophe. Let the world note that a great American influence on pop music, the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel, has passed and cannot be replaced - my friend and brother in music, Glen Campbell."
Speaking of his friend's love of music, his commitment to those around him, Jimmy Webb ends: "I am full of grief. I am writing because I think you deserve some sort of message from me but I am too upset to write very well or at any great length. It’s like waking up in the morning in some Kafkaesque novella and finding that half of you is missing. Laura and I would call upon you to rest your sympathy with Kim Campbell and her children Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his older children, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren. Perhaps you could throw in a prayer for the Webb kids, Chris, Justin, Jamie, Corey, Charles and Camila who looked upon him as a kind of wondrous uncle who was a celebrated star and funnier than old dad."
"This I can promise. While I can play a piano he will never be forgotten. And after that someone else will revel in his vast library of recordings and pass them on to how many future generations? Possibly to all of them."
Read the full statement below.