Uncensored Elvis and blown chances with Glen Campbell’s MVP Carl Jackson

Deemed “the greatest banjo player in the world” by Glen Campbell, veteran Nashville producer Carl Jackson exclusively tells one of his biggest regrets and a naughty onstage incident between Elvis Presley and an oblivious female admirer incapable of containing herself. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…conjuring some sneaky accentuated rhythm licks on his most extensively played guitar, a 1956 J-200 Gibson acoustic, a lithe 34-year-old Presley returns to his roots on July 31, 1969. Shutterbugs were omnipresent for the opening night of his debut residency at the Las Vegas International Hotel after a wrongheaded eight-year absence from live performances to pursue Tinseltown. The Tiger Man is dressed in the black Herringbone jumpsuit only worn during this summer engagement. Image Credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises / appears in the book “Elvis: Vegas ‘69” by Ken Sharp
Banjo-wielding new kid on the block Carl Jackson and “Manhattan Kansas” singer Glen Campbell, clutching an Ovation 1624 acoustic guitar with a Baldwin Prismatone pickup and his initials at the 12th fret, jam during a six-date Australian tour between September 26 and October 9, 1972, sponsored by Crawford Theatre Productions. The six-string compadres would return to the land down under two years later. Bill C. Graham can be seen anchoring the rhythm section on electric bass in the background. As Jackson fondly remembered on his official Facebook, “This was the start of 12 years on the road together and a never-ending friendship. Glen’s guitar playing never ceased to amaze me and as far as I’m concerned, there has never been a better singer…period. I owe him so much more than I have words to express.” Wayne over at the Glen Campbell Forums graciously identified the correct guitar model. Image Credit: The Carl Jackson Collection

The Carl Jackson Interview, Part One

Once you joined the Rhinestone Cowboy’s band, did you ever encounter Elvis?

My boy, my naughty boy: Dressed in the White Pinwheel jumpsuit with the original Lion Head belt, Elvis Presley sang in front of over 10,000 fans at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on April 11, 1972. Footage of Roanoke Mayor Roy Webber greeting the showstopping “American Trilogy” balladeer can be seen in the Golden Globe-winning documentary “Elvis on Tour.” Official concert photographer Ed Bonja was on hand to capture this blink and you’ll miss it moment of Presley jocularly giving the finger towards members of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and the Sweet Inspirations. According to For Elvis CD Collectors Forum member Philobeddo, Presley “is near the end of a song when he raises his arm up, flips the bird quickly, and moves his arm in the other direction to stop the music.” Photography by Ed Bonja
Pianist Glen D. Hardin, steel guitarist-dobroist Al Perkins, drummer Ronnie Tutt, singer-songwriter Mike Alan Ward, bassist Jerry Scheff, guitarist-banjoist-mandolinist-violinist Carl Jackson, and Telecaster maestro James Burton join together at the finale of the “Barefootin’” song session intended for “The Gram Parsons Notebook — The Last Whippoorwill” tribute album [2000]. Ward’s solo album nearly 20 years later — “Whiskey, Trains, and Lonesome” — exhumed two other songs cut on the same occasion — “Forever Will Never Say Goodbye” and “Soldier of the Road.” Burton, Hardin, Tutt, and Perkins all contributed to Parsons’ two acclaimed solo albums — “GP” and “Grievous Angel” — cut in the early 1970s before his tragically short career was silenced by an alcohol and morphine overdose at age 26. Image Credit: The Carl Jackson Collection
Acoustic guitarist Carl Jackson kneels down to strum a little while as Master of Telecaster James Burton chicken picks in this black and white candid from sessions with Elvis’s TCB Band for “The Gram Parsons Notebook — The Last Whippoorwill” tribute album [2000]. Image Credit: The Carl Jackson Collection
Elvis Presley and Glen Campbell attend the first wedding of Memphis Mafia member George Klein to Barbara Little on December 5, 1970. Enthused with law enforcement and a shoe-in for a future “Superfly” cameo, Presley is seen brandishing an elongated black police flashlight, black glove, aviator sunglasses, black velvet fur overcoat, and flashy gold belt recognizing his record-shattering August 1969 season at the Las Vegas International Hotel. The “Kentucky Rain” balladeer graciously loaned his rock ’n’ roll deejay pal since the eighth grade the use of his International suite for the marriage. Photography by Frank Carroll / For Elvis CD Collectors Forum
Consisting of 18 demos cut between 1964 and 1967 by struggling Capitol solo artist-Wrecking Crew guitarist Glen Campbell under the guidance of songwriter Ben Weisman, the LP cover of “Glen Sings for the King,” dropped with minimal fanfare on November 16, 2018 [it did not chart in the USA but reached No. 84 in the UK]. Accidentally discovered 50 years later by Weisman’s nephew-in-law Stephen Auerbach, the songs were cut with the intention of being considered by Elvis Presley for his movie soundtracks. The charismatic “Surrender” singer ultimately finished 12 of these masters including “How Can You Lose What You Never Had” and “I’ll Never Know.” Campbell is strumming a Martin D-18 acoustic guitar used frequently on sessions which remained in his personal collection until his passing. Image Credit: Capitol Photo Archives / Universal Music Enterprises

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