Coming on November 16th is the Glen Campbell archival collection Sings For The King, a set of nearly 20 demos “originally intended for Elvis's ears only.” Between 1964 and 1968, in between recording sessions with the top L.A. session players dubbed “The Wrecking Crew,” touring with the Beach Boys, and recording his own albums, Glen Campbell was recruited to record songs for Elvis by his in-house soundtrack songwriter Ben Weisman. The songs were discovered by the album's executive producer Stephen Auerbach — Weisman's nephew — who found the long forgotten demos in a storage space belonging to Weisman.
Of the 29 recordings that have been rescued, there are 12 of Campbell's recordings that went on to be recorded and released by Elvis, including the movie themes to Stay Away Joe, Clambake, Spinout, and Easy Come, Easy Go. The album also features a newly created virtual duet between Campbell and “The King” on the gospel standard “We Call On Him.”
In the liner notes to the set, Glen Campbell, who was close friends with Elvis and recorded on his 1964 Viva Las Vegas soundtrack sessions, is quoted as saying, “Elvis and I were brought up the same humble way, picking cotton and looking at the north end of a south-bound mule.”
Glen Campbell recalled first meeting Elvis way back in 1956: “He was marvelous. He was just so marvelous. We got to know each other, 'cause I'd go down to Vegas — we'd follow each other in and out. And on top of that, I met him in Albuquerque when he opening for the Faron Young show. That was Elvis Presley in the raw and I thought he was better then than ever.”
Glen Campbell died at age 81 on August 8th, 2017 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.