First recorded by Jerry Reed (C&W #53 1967).
Hit version by Elvis Presley (US #43/C&W #1/UK #19 1968 |US #28/C&W #1 1981).
From the wiki: “‘Guitar Man’ is a 1967 song written by Jerry Reed and first recorded by him the same year. Soon after Reed’s single appeared, Elvis Presley recorded the song with Reed playing the guitar part. According to Peter Guralnick, in his two-volume biography of Presley, the singer had been trying unsuccessfully to record the tune but wasn’t happy with the groove. Presley said something to the effect of: ‘Get me that redneck picker who’s on the original [recording],’ and his staff brought Reed into the studio – who nailed it on the first take. Presley’s single charted in the both the US and UK, and spent a week at #1 on the US Country singles chart.
“Thirteen years later, ‘Guitar Man’ was re-recorded in a new electronic arrangement, with Presley’s original vocal left intact, and it became the last of his eleven #1 Country hits. The new arrangement also peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100.”
Elvis Presley, “Guitar Man” (1968):
Elvis Presley, “Guitar Man” (re-recording 1981):