Rhinestone Cowboy Album is by Glen Campbell, who was an American country music singer-songwriter, television host and actor.
The album, released in July 1975, was the thirtieth by Glen. On the 31st of March 2015, a 40th Anniversary re-issue was made available in the United States on CD and LP. The CD features three newly added tracks, the previously unreleased ” Quits “, Japanese only track ” Coming Home “, and the B-side ” Record Collectors Dream “.
The title track, ” Rhinestone Cowboy “, was released on the 26th of May 1975. Originally written and recorded by Larry Weiss, the single failed to make an impact on the charts. It did get airplay on radio stations whose playlists focused on easy listening music.
Lyrically the song is talking about a country music singer who is finding it hard to hit the big time, which in a sense makes the song autobiographical as Larry Weiss himself a struggling singer-songwriter at that time.
Glen liked the song after hearing it and recorded his version, feeling that it reflected his struggle in the music industry.
” Rhinestone Cowboy ” became a commercial success for Glen. In the United States it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-one and after fourteen weeks on the chart reached Number One, his first.
It also reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. Outside of the United States the song also had success. In the United Kingdom, the single peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart, spending four weeks in the Top Ten.
” Rhinestone Cowboy ” topped the charts in Ireland, Canada and Yugoslavia. In Australia, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden the single reached the Top Forty.
The Rhinestone Cowboy album reached Number One on the Billboard Country Albums Chart in the United States and number seventeen on the Billboard 200, where it spent thirty weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 25th of October 1975 and peaked at number thirty-eight.
About Glen Campbell
Glen Travis Campbell was born on the 22nd April 1936 in near Delight, a small town in Pike County, Arkansas, United States.
Glen was a pretty good guitar player by the time he reached the age of six. He began his career a teenager when in 1954 he joined his uncle, Dick Bills, playing in his western band.
In 1958 Glen formed Glen Campbell And The Western Wranglers. Later he moved to Los Angeles to become a session musician. Held in such high regard by fellow musicians, Glen went on to replace, for a brief time, Brian Wilson for the Beach Boys touring commitments.
As a solo artist, his breakthrough came with his recording of John Hartford’s ” Gentle On My Mind “, which won a Grammy in 1967 for Best Country ‘ n ‘ Western Recording.
In addition to his music, Glen ventured into acting, starring alongside John Wayne in the 1969 film True Grit.
Glen Campbell’s Album releases are sixty studio, seven live, 127 Compilations, fifteen video and four Soundtrack albums. He also released 115 singles and twenty-one music videos.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Glen Campbell won ten Grammys, ten Academy of Country Music, three American Music, three Country Music Association, three GMA Dove Awards and various others.
During his career, Glen has sold over 45 million records worldwide.
In June 2011, it was announced that Glen Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease some six months earlier. He died at the age of 81 on August 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rhinestone Cowboy Track Listing:
1. Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.)
3. Count On Me
4. I Miss You Tonight
5. My Girl
6. Rhinestone Cowboy
7. I’d Build A Bridge
8. Pencils For Sale
10. We’re Over
11. Record Collector’s Dream
12. Coming Home
14. Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.)
15. Rhinestone Cowboy