Glen Campbell played lead guitar on the several Elvis Presley’s soundtracks such as Viva Las Vegas
According to Elvis Presley’s music archivist Ernst Jorgensen, who has the session contracts, masters, and penned the supreme Presley sessions book Elvis Presley: A Life In Music Campbell played guitar on only one Presley studio recording a frenetic, slightly watered down R&B cover of Ray Charles’s “What’d I Say” for the Viva Las Vegas soundtrack.
Obviously, Presley admired his Southern brother’s musical catalog. Presley’s rendition of “Gentle on My Mind,” an album cut recorded in January 1969 for the return-to-form From Elvis in Memphis, is utterly outstanding and arguably the best cover of Campbell’s definitive single.
There are also various live recordings where Presley introduces the “Rhinestone Cowboy” balladeer sitting in the audience of the Las Vegas International Hotel, plus you can find the extremely cool images of the duo posing together on Dec. 5, 1970 at Memphis mafia-radio deejay George Klein’s wedding — where Presley sports long hair, black velvet jacket, cigar dangling from his mouth, TCB sunglasses, and an out of place, elongated black police flashlight!