Song Of The Day: Glen Campbell, “All I Needed Was The Rain”

Struggling musicians will take any gig they can get to pay the bills, and one such activity is working as a singer for hire who is willing to perform on rough demos to pitch to other musicians. Glen Campbell took such a position in the mid 60s, working for song writers Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne, recording potential song for Elvis Presley movie soundtracks.  Long thought lost, these tapes were found and have been released as Sings For The King. If you are familiar with this era of Elvis’s career, then you know that much of this material was subpar. In Glen Campbell’s hands, this material… is still subpar. Although it’s curious to hear him singing in his best Elvis imitation, even a superb vocalist like Campbell can’t save this material. This album is mainly for the hardcore—let’s not even get started on the creepy posthumous duet— yet one song does stand out. “All I Needed Was The Rain,” which Presley would record for his film Flaming Star—is actually a quite fun and funky country number that’s quite reminiscent of the humorous songwriting style of Tom T. Hall. Elvis’s version isn’t bad, but Campbell makes it his own, and it is a lovely jewel in a cluster of subpar material.

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