Glen Campbell

Rhinestone Cowboy

Composed by Larry Weiss

Song Review by

Glen Campbell really related to the Larry Weiss song "Rhinestone Cowboy." Especially the lyric about the compromises musicians have to make in the record business. Weiss had originally recorded the song on his 1974 20th Century Records album Black and Blue Suite. Released as a single, Weiss' version peaked at number 24 on the adult contemporary charts. Campbell heard it while listening to a Los Angeles radio station, KNX-FM. He bought a cassette tape of the album and listened to it while he did a three week tour of Australia.

When he returned to the U.S., Capitol Records A&R vice president Al Coury presented him with a copy of a song he thought would be a big hit for the singer/guitarist. It was "Rhinestone Cowboy" -- it seemed as if Campbell recording the song was kismet. While appearing on a telethon, Campbell performed the song. KHJ radio programmer Paul Drew saw the broadcast and contacted Capitol about getting a copy of the record. The label sent him an acetate (a "one-off" record). The song began getting national airplay on RKO's chain of radio stations, essentially forcing Capitol to rush release the single. Produced by the hit production duo of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, the million-selling "Rhinestone Cowboy" went to number one pop for two weeks, number one country for three weeks, and number one adult contemporary in the summer of 1975. The Rhinestone Cowboy album went gold, making it to number 17 pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rhinestone Cowboy 1975 Capitol
No Image 1976 Capitol Nashville / Capitol
No Image 1980
Various Artists
Monterey/IVE
The Very Best of Glen Campbell [Capitol/Liberty] 1987 Capitol Nashville / Liberty 3:19
Country Music Classics, Vol. 5 (1975-80) 1988
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:08
Classics Collection 1990 Liberty 3:17
Greatest Country Hits 1990 Curb 3:18
All-Time Favorite Hits [Capitol Special Markets] 1991 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Liberty
No Image 1991 Excelsior Recordings
The World of Glen Campbell Live 1992 Trace Records 3:14
Phoenix 1994 Drive Archive 3:12
Ultimate 1995 Bransounds 3:03
Greatest Hits Live [Prime Cuts] 1995 Prime Cuts 3:14
The 101 Greatest Country Hits [Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:08
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Early 70's, Vol. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:03
Glen Campbell Live! His Greatest Hits 1996 Pegasus (Pinnacle) 3:09
Cowboy Country [K-Tel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:15
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
AM Gold: 1975 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:17
I Love Country: Hits of the 70's, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 3:17
The Glen Campbell Collection (1962-1989): Gentle on My Mind 1997 Razor & Tie 3:14
The Academy of Country Music's 101 Greatest Country Hits, Vol. 10: Country Roads 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:08
1975: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
EMI/CDCard Company 3:15
Country Stars [EMI] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:12
The Class of Country: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:16
The Essential Country Collection [Emporio] 1997
Various Artists
Emporio 3:08
No Image 1998 Unison
Hits of the 70's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:12
The Ultimate Country Collection [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:10
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
The Best Country Ballads in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:10
AM Gold: Pop Classics 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:16
Original Gold, Disk 1 1998 Disky 3:15
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc
40 Hits: 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:18
In Concert [Charly] 1999 Charly Records 3:15
Made in America: Folk Favorites 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:11
My Hits and Love Songs 1999 Capitol 3:14
Ryman Country Homecoming, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Spring Hill Music 2:54
Golden Hits Live 1999 Intercontinental Records 3:11
The Capitol Years 65/77 1999 EMI Digital / Zonophone 3:15
Classic Country: 1975-1979 [2 CD 1999 #2] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Greatest Hits Live [Legacy] 2000 QED
20 Greatest Hits [Capitol] 2000 Capitol 3:18
The Greatest 70's Album of All Time, Pt. 1 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:58
Greatest Hits: In Concert 2000 Castle Pie / Castle Music Ltd. 3:12
Totally Easy 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:11
Grand Ole Country Collection 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:59
Country Music Classics 2000
Various Artists
Import 2:44
The Gold Collection 2000 Fine Tune 3:08
Southern Nights: Greatest Hits 2000 Woodford 3:16
Legendary Kings of Country 2000
Various Artists
MRA / Mastersound 3:13
It's the '70s Again, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
ATP Recordings 3:10
Country Mix Series: Country Greats 2001
Various Artists
Mastersong
American Woman and Other Hits from the 1970's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:12
Country Stars & Stripes 2001 Direct Source 3:08
Country Gold [St. Clair] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:11
In Concert [Mastersong] 2001 Mastersong
The Signature Series: Glen Campbell 2001 Direct Source 3:08
Wichita Lineman [Castle Pulse] 2001 Castle Pulse / Pulse 3:13
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 3:13
Rhinestone Cowboy, Vol. 2 2001 Platinum Disc 2:58
Big Bad Country [Legacy] 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 3:02
Singers and Songwriters: 1973-1976 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
70's Country Classics 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:17
Country Legends [Columbia River] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:11
No Image 2002
Various Artists
MRA
Rhinestone Cowboy/Bloodline 2002 Raven 3:16
The Ultimate Classic Country Collection 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 3:16
Country Finest 2002
Various Artists
EMI 3:12
Rhinestone Cowboy: The Best of Glen Campbell 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:15
All the Best 2003 Capitol 3:15
Pure Platinum 2003 Platinum Disc 2:58
Ultimate Legends 2003 United Audio Entertainment 3:08
Daddy Day Care 2003
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 3:17
All-Time Favorite Hits [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 3:16
Country Complete 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Country Standards 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:13
Rhinestone Cowboy [Weton] 2003 Forever Gold (Allegiance) / Weton 3:07
The Legacy 1961-2002 2003 Capitol 3:15
Simply the Best: Country 2003
Various Artists
Disky
Seventies [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 3:05
The Very Best of Country [Nascente] 2004
Various Artists
Mastersong
The Glen Campbell Collection 2004 EMI 3:13
Country Greatest: EMI Years 2004 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 3:10
Country Tearjerkers: 60 Original Heartbreakers 2004
Various Artists
Disky 3:08
Rhinestone Cowboy [Mastersong] 2004 Mastersong
38 Great Performances 2004 Prism Entertainment 3:08
Country Tearjerkers [CD3] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 3:08
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 70s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 3:16
Superhits Gold 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Country: The Essential Album 2005
Various Artists
Essential Records 3:12
The Rhinestone Cowboy: Live [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 3:09
Roots of Country Music 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:52
Country Legends 2005 Country Legends
22 Carat Country Gold 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:11
Classic Country: Stars of Branson 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:11
Very Best of Country & Western 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications 3:15
Rhinestone Cowboy [Direct Source] 2005 Direct Source 2:57
Rock Breakout Years: 1970 2005 Madacy 3:16
I Love Music 1975-1979: No More Heroes 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:15
Country 40 No. 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
Superstars of Country: Party Time 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:13
Country Hit Parade 2006 Direct Source 3:00
Music for Real Cowboys 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 3:03
Classic Country: Cowboy Country 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music / TLS
EMI: Easy Country 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:16
The Best of Country [United Multi License] 2006
Various Artists
AAO Music 3:02
Country Hit Parade: Country Legends 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:00
Billboard #1s: Classic Country 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
Classic Campbell 2006 EMI Music Distribution 3:13
Best of Glen Campbell [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 3:00
Rhinestone Cowboy/Southern Night: Live in Concert 2006 Direct Source 2:52
Live in Concert [DVD] 2006 BMG/Image
All #1 Hits '70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:15
No Image 2006
Various Artists
BMG
I Love Country 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Big 70's Party 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Legends of Country: Classic Hits from the '50s, '60s & '70s 2006
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:17
Rhinestone Cowboy [Golden Stars] 2006 Golden Stars 3:14
The Best of the Glen Campbell Music Show 2007 RPM
Country #1 Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:00
Forever Gold: Glen Campbell 2007 Forever Gold (Allegiance) 3:13
Country Biography 2007 United Multi Consign / TJB 3:10
18 Greatest 2007 Direct Source 2:57
Superstars of Country [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:13
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI TV 3:13
Up Country: 36 Great Stompin' Cowboy Classics 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:12
Pure 2007 Direct Source 2:57
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 EMI Music Distribution 3:15
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:13
Top Hits of the 70s: Greatest Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:16
Pure: 70s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:16
The Legends Of Country [DVD] 2007
Various Artists
Rhinestone Cowboy [LT Series] 2008 Lt Series
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Platinum C / WG Productions
Meet Glen Campbell 2008 Capitol/EMI Records
The Outlaw Trail Collection 2008
Various Artists
EDI Video 3:01
The Best of 1975: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 3:16
Greatest Hits 2009 Nashville 3:29
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:15
Glen Campbell [Weton-Wesgram] 2009 Weton / Weton-Wesgram
Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 2009
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
Las 50 Grandes Canciones de Universal 92.1 FM Stereo 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:16
Country's Got Heart [Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:16
Rhinestone Cowboy 2011 Allegro Corporation / American Legends 3:06
No Image 2011 Fullfill
100 Hits: Super 70s 2011
Various Artists
Demon / EMI Music Distribution 3:16
American Pie: Singer Songwriter Classics
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:00
Ballads of Country [Polystar]
Various Artists
Polystar
Best of Country Songs
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Country Songs
Various Artists
2:58
De Pre Historie: 1975, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 3:11
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:13
No Image Nashville Catalog 3:17
Original Hits: All American
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:13
The  Essential Glen Campbell Nashville Catalog 3:17
The Very Best of Glen Campbell [Capitol] Capitol / Capitol Nashville / EMI Music Distribution 2:34
No Image EMI Music Distribution 3:08
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