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 CEMA Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:16
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Liberty 0:00
No Image 1991 Excelsior Recordings
Country Hits of the 70's  [Cema] 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Ultimate 1995 Bransounds 3:03
The 101 Greatest Country Hits [Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:08
No Image 1995 Capitol Nashville / Capitol
Cowboy Country [K-Tel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:08
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 3:17
The Glen Campbell Collection (1962-1989): Gentle on My Mind 1997 Razor & Tie 3:14
Just Country 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:09
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
Hits of the 70's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Valmark 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
Country Summit 1998 Boxsets 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 1998 Disky 3:11
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc
40 Hits: 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:18
Made in America: Folk Favorites 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:11
My Hits and Love Songs 1999 Capitol 3:14
The Capitol Years 65/77 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:15
Classic Country: 1975-1979 [2 CD 1999 #1] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:16
Country Giants, Vol. 2 [Legacy] 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 3:09
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
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
I've Heard Those Songs Before 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 3:10
American Woman and Other Hits from the 1970's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:12
Country Gold [St. Clair] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:11
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
All Music Guide: Cool Country 2001
Various Artists
All Music Guide / Medalist Entertainment 3:05
American Bandstand: CD 4 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:13
Rhinestone Cowboy/Bloodline 2002 Raven 3:16
The Ultimate Classic Country Collection 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 3:16
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 Standards 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:13
The Legacy 1961-2002 2003 Capitol 3:15
The Glen Campbell Collection 2004 EMI 3:13
Country Number Ones [EMI] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 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
Country: The Essential Album 2005
Various Artists
Essential Records 3:12
Roots of Country Music 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:52
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
Superstars of Country: Party Time 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:13
Country Hit Parade 2006 Direct Source 3:00
Classic Country: Cowboy Country 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music / TLS 0:00
EMI: Easy Country 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:16
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
All #1 Hits '70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:15
Country Hitmakers/Greatest Country 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:00
Rhinestone Cowboy [Golden Stars] 2006 Golden Stars 3:14
Superstars of Country [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:13
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 EMI Music Distribution 3:15
Pure: 70s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:16
Meet Glen Campbell 2008 Capitol / EMI Records
The Best of 1975: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
20th Century Masters
Greatest Hits 2009 Capitol
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:15
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
Legends of Country: Lookin' For Love 2012
Various Artists
Life / Time 3:13
Legends of Country 2013
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:13
Massive Hits!: Country 2013
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:16
See You There 2013 The Record Company / Surfdog Records 3:49
10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection 2014 Capitol / Universal Music 3:31
20 #1's: Classic Country 2015
Various Artists
Umes / Universal 3:16
70's Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 3:13
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:15
Double Tops - Die 40 Ultimativen Darts-Songs
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 3:14
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:13
Forever Country [Somerset]
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:16
Rhinestone Cowboy [Canada 2015]
Various Artists
Stargrove 3:11
The 70's
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:10
The Best of Classic Rock: Green Series
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 0:00
The Capitol Albums Collection CMCapNash / Universal 3:15
The Essential Glen Campbell EMI / EMI Digital 3:13
No Image EMI Music Distribution 3:08