Wednesday of this week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Glen Campbell who passed away in 2017 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.
Campbell sold more than 45 million records and was known for a signature string of 60’s and 70’s country music hits that included “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” and Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Early in his career Campbell the guitarist was a studio musician. Just in the year of 1963 he played on an incredible 586 sessions.
You can hear Campbell on the Beach Boys’ groundbreaking Pet Sounds album, Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer.”
He also played on hits by Bobby Darin, Lou Rawls, Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard, Bobby Vee, and yes…
But only once, even though Campbell and the King were very good friends.
A reliable source, Presley archivist and historian Ernst Jorgensen says Campbell appeared on only one Elvis track: a cover of Ray Charles “What’d I Say.” Recorded in 1963 in Hollywood, the song appeared on the soundtrack to the film classic “Viva Las Vegas.”