Singer-Songwriter Jimmy Webb brings Glen Campbell’s music to Syracuse

The late Glen Campbell (left) with Jimmy Webb ( Sandra Gillard/Lightkeepers)

Alzheimer’s disease took the life of renowned singer-songwriter Glen Campbell in August, but his former songwriting partner aims to keep his music and memory alive.

Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years comes to Syracuse on Nov. 18 at the Palace Theatre on James Street. Webb has invited the Alzheimer’s Association to be part of the event. Tickets are $35 and on sale at BrownPaperTickets.com, by phone at 800.838.3006 and The Sound Garden in Armory Square.

Jimmy Webb

Webb, a Grammy winner and member of the Songwriters and Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame, wrote some of Campbell’s most popular songs of the 1960s, including “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Where’s the Playground, Susie?” and “Galveston.

In Webb’s very personal concert, he pays homage to his friend and collaborator, with performances including virtual duets with Campbell and stories of how these iconic songs came to be. Webb’s moving and often humorous account through performance and anecdotes and punctuated with photos, video and audio clips, offers a rare window into the process by which songs become radio hits.

Jimmy Webb’s numerous accolades include the prestigious Ivor Novella International Award (2012) and the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award (2016). Webb was named №44 on Rolling Stone’s 2015 “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.” He received his first gold record at the age of 18 and was the youngest inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (which he later chaired).

He is the only artist to ever receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. Webb’s first book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, is considered a “bible” among professional musicians and college students. He has time and again paved the way for songwriters in the ever-changing media landscape, pioneering commercial use of pop songs (“Up, Up and Away” as the centerpiece of the 1970 Trans World Airlines campaign) and spearheading the ongoing effort to preserve the rights of songwriters and their intellectual property rights in the world of free downloads with his ongoing work for nearly 20 years on the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Webb has released ten solo albums since the 1970s, while continuing to write for other artists. His CD Just Across the River features duets on some of his biggest songs with friends Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther, Glen Campbell, Lucinda Williams, Michael McDonald and Mark Knopfler. A follow up, Still Within the Sound of My Voice, features Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, and more.

In October 2016 Webb premiered his first classical piece, “Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra (Nocturne for “Lefty”).”

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