The sad demise of one of the most talented modern musicians is hard to comprehend. I can’t say I liked everything he did but given his background as a session guitarist for a diverse range of artists including Frank Sinatra and the Righteous Brothers, as a member of the Beach Boys backing band, plus too many great songs – especially those written by Jimmy Webb – it is a very sad loss.
He was once asked on a late night TV show if he was the greatest guitarist, better than Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and the like. He said no but he thought he was the most versatile, which he put down to his extensive use of a capo. And then proceeded to demonstrate to the host what he meant!
Among my favourite songs “By the time I get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Linesman” stand out. I also liked one of his last songs “Ghost on the Canvas” which I thought was prophetic in many ways.
The song I’ve chosen to include here is from his 64th and last album released in June this year and is another Jimmy Webb composition appropriately titled “Adios“.
The accompanying video showing the final journey of one of his well-used guitars adds a unique touch.