Country music legends Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell took to the recording studio to produce a chilling duet that has left fans emotionally beside themselves. Singing Nelson’s heartbreaking ballad “Funny How Time Slips Away”, the two icons teamed up for their stunning vocal session featured on Campbell’s newly released album Adios. The singer used his final album to record the melodies near and dear to his heart that his career had not yet called for.
It was Campbell’s compilation with Nelson that deeply struck listeners, absorbing the powerful message of old friends that tragically parted their separate ways. The crooner’s voice resonated with viewers as he powerfully sang, “It’s been so long now, / But it seems now, that it was only yesterday/ Gee, ain’t it funny, how time slips away.”
Nelson’s iconic vocals greeted the star’s, providing a flawless blend of two contrasting sounds although very similar emotions and heartache. Campbell’s longtime friend Carl Jackson spoke with Rolling Stone Country about the singer’s difficulty recording the song following his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. “Sometimes we had to do a line at a time because with Alzheimer’s, his memory of the lyrics, as we saw in the tour he had to use teleprompters, that went away pretty quick. But his melodies did not go away for a long time after his ability to remember actual songs… I can’t explain it,” he admitted.
Nelson released his solo version of the single in 1961, generating mass success and drafting a tune that would be covered by fellow artists for the duration of his career. Be sure to listen to the enchanting performance below.