A very very sad and tragic loss. He was a good man and a great talent. I had the pleasure of not only seeing him perform live many times throughout the last 25+ years as well as having spoken with him, shared laughs and raised a glass with him.
He was a savant like songwriter. who left us not only the legacy of his music, but he also raised fine children, two of which are musical prodigies in their own right.
This was quite simply a great man, a funny, gregarious guy with a great big smile who always remembered a fans name and little things about them - when you were speaking with him, he was listening, he was truly interested.
I have many times told the story of how when teetering on the apex of his career he crossed swords with Clive Davis - thus writing the lyrics to Dear Sir... telling Mr. Davis what he thought of his musical direction "I'd rather clean the cages at the zoo, than to change my songs for you"
I did get the sense the last time we spoke that he was very much aware of his mortality and was trying to do as much as he could do to sort of finish up and get things set for his family and to insure his legacy.
Rest in Peace Buddy.
My family andI would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Marcello family