This morning, Capitol Records and UMe announced a title that unites two late titans of song. Glen Campbell Sings for The King arrives on November 16, premiering never-before-released recordings made by Campbell for his friend Presley. It will be released on CD, LP, digitally, and as a limited edition, 180-gram clear vinyl edition available exclusively at the artist’s website.
Between 1964 and 1968, Glen was engaged by the songwriting team of Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne to record fully-produced studio versions of songs intended for Elvis. The King recorded more songs by Weisman than any other songwriter, cutting over 50 of the composer’s tunes. Glen was asked to match Elvis’ pitch and sound on these luxury demos; naturally, he also played guitar on the sessions.
Twelve of the 18 tracks on Glen Campbell Sings for The King were picked up and recorded by Elvis, including the title songs from his movies such as Spinout, Clambake, and Easy Come, Easy Go, the latter of which is streaming now. It’s also available as an “instant grat” download to purchasers of the digital version of the album.
Presley himself appears on the album with the opening track, a posthumous duet on “We Call On Him.” The gospel song is joined by country numbers, ballads, and rock-and-roll. (One of the tracks never recorded by Elvis, “Love on the Rocks,” left Neil Diamond free to make the title his own years later!) The two artists first met as early as 1956. Author Alan Light writes in the liner notes, “With their genre-bending musical exploration and rural Southern roots, it’s no surprise that Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley formed something of a mutual admiration society.” Capitol also quotes Campbell: “Elvis and I were brought up the same humble way, picking cotton and looking at the north end of a south-bound mule. I saw him in the rough [at an early concert]…He was so electrifying.” As Campbell ascended to the ranks of Los Angeles’ top session guitarists, he played on one memorable Elvis session for the Viva Las Vegas soundtrack.
Glen and Elvis remained friends throughout their lifetimes, and Campbell even continued to record for Weisman and Wayne after his breakthrough to superstardom in 1967. This tribute to the remarkable talents of both artists arrives on November 16 from Capitol/UMe. You’ll find the track listing and pre-order links below!
- We Call On Him (A Duet With Elvis Presley) *
- Easy Come, Easy Go *
- Any Old Time
- Anyone Can Play
- I Got Love
- I’ll Never Know *
- All I Needed Was The Rain *
- How Can You Lose What You Never Had *
- Spinout *
- Magic Fire
- I’ll Be Back *
- Love On The Rocks
- Stay Away, Joe *
- Cross My Heart And Hope To Die *
- Clambake *
- There Is So Much World To See *
- Do The Clam *
(*) Denotes song subsequently recorded by Elvis Presley