The passing of country icon Glen Campbell in 2017 was a sad day throughout music. His influence was far-reaching, as evidenced by the outpouring of love and tributes from family, friends and high-profile fans who shared their reflections about his timeless career.
Thankfully, there’s still some more music in the vaults that has yet to be released, and on Nov. 16 a compilation titled Sings For the King will bring together some recently rediscovered recordings that were previously unreleased. But they’re not just random studio bits that never saw the light of day. No, from 1964 to 1968, Campbell was tasked with recording songs for the King himself, Elvis Presley. Songs like “Easy Come, Easy Go,” which was released as a preview of this new album:
Here’s Presley’s later version, which appeared in the 1967 film of the same name:
More on Sings For the King:
Sings For The King includes songs written by the songwriting team of Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne. Weisman is significant for having written the most songs recorded by Elvis than any other songwriter in history at 57. Weisman and Wayne turned to Glen Campbell who had perfect pitch and an uncanny ability to match Elvis’s key and even mimic his delivery, to record fully fleshed out studio versions that they could present to Elvis for his recording consideration. The songs were discovered by Executive Producer Stephen Auerbach who found the fifty-year-old recordings on long-forgotten reel-to-reel tapes in a storage space belonging to his uncle-in-law, Ben Weisman. Of the 29 recordings that have been rescued, there are twelve of Glen’s recordings that went on to be recorded and released by Elvis including “Stay Away Joe,” “Clambake,” “Spinout” and “Easy Come, Easy Go,” which were all made famous with iconic singing performances of the title tracks in his movies.
Needless to say, this sounds like quite an intriguing posthumous release from the revered Campbell, one that further shows just how gifted he was as an entertainer — and versatile, too.
The album’s track listing:
1. “We Call On Him” (A Duet With Elvis Presley) *
2. “Easy Come, Easy Go” *
3. “Any Old Time”
4. “Anyone Can Play”
5. “I Got Love”
6. “I’ll Never Know” *
7. “All I Needed Was The Rain” *
8. “ow Can You Lose What You Never Had” *
9. “Spinout” *
10. “Magic Fire”
11. “I’ll Be Back” *
12. “Love On The Rocks”
13. “Stay Away, Joe” *
14. “Cross My Heart And Hope To Die” *
16. “There Is So Much World To See” *
17. “Do The Clam” *
* Recorded by Elvis Presley
Sings for the King will be available on CD, LP and digitally on Nov. 16 — click here to pre-order.