Billboard #1 Hits: #376: “Rhinestone Cowboy”- Glen Campbell. September 6, 1975. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Rhinestone Cowboy”- Glen Campbell
  • Record Company- Capitol
  • Genre: Country Pop
  • Written by Larry Weiss
  • Time: 3:15
  • B-side:”Lovelight”
  • Album-Rhinestone Cowboy
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in country singles chart. #4 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada and Ireland.

“Rhinestone Cowboy” was first recorded a year earlier in 1974 by Larry Weiss who wrote it- but didn’t become a hit until Glen Campbell made it his signature song a year later. Weiss’s version got airplay in Australia where it peaked at #74- but luckily Campbell was touring in Australia at the time- heard the song and liked it and learned how to play it. When he got back to the states Campbell went to Capitol executive Al Coury’s offices and told him he found a great new song and wanted to record it. Campbell would be nominated for a couple Grammy Awards for “Rhinestone Cowboy.”


  1. I’m so lucky I saw him perform before he died. It was about a year or two before he passed and was playing songs out of key and his daughter had to help him out, BUT he still had that star presence on stage; and the audience was appreciative, giving him many standing ovations. My two favorite Glen songs are “Southern Nights” and “Country Boy, You Got Your Feet in L.A.” … Also, there’s a cute version of him singing, “Don’t Pull Your Love” with Cher on You Tube. … Legend.

  2. Got to see Glenn twice and meet him once. He’s a hero. Also used to see Larry, the writer of this song, just about every day since we frequented the same place for lunch pre-COVID.

  3. This is one of those songs that I had to wait many years to appreciate.

    Why? Well, I’ll tell you.

    As most small children do with a song they like, my brother played this record over and over again. This would wear on anyone’s nerves, to be honest. But he also sang along with it incorrectly … “And waffles coming over the phone.” Obviously that’s what he heard, and the fact that it made no sense was lost on him.

    I love Glen Campbell’s voice, but I just couldn’t appreciate this song until adulthood.

  4. A great song , the title suggested what it was, a nice blend of country and disco-pop, which worked really well with his voice. He had such talent… makes me wish some of the other members of ‘The Wrecking Crew’ like Hal Blaine or Carol Kaye had struck out on their own too.

    • Glen an underrated talent- a lot of people think first of the television show- which was kind of cornball.. but he could do it all- and replaced Brian in the touring of The Beach Boys there for a while.

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