” Rhinestone Cowboy ” is by Glen Campbell ( Glen Travis Campbell ), the American rock and country music singer-songwriter. The song was written by Larry Weiss.
Larry’s first big taste of successful songwriting came when he joined forces with Lockie Edwards Jr. to write ” Mr. Wishing Well “, which was recorded in 1963 by Nat ‘ King ‘ Cole.
Production for the song was by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. The writing team of Dennis and Larry have written hit songs including ” It Only Takes A Minute ” for the Travares and ” Baby Come Back ” for Player.
” Rhinestone Cowboy ” was released on the 26th of May 1975 by record label Capitol and taken from Glen’s album of the same name.
After a career of filling in for Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and a string of mild hit singles, Glen needed a hit.
The song Glen had found was by songwriter Larry Weiss. Larry was signed to record label 20th Century records as an artist and during 1974 had released an album, Black and Blue Suite.
” Rhinestone Cowboy ” was released by Larry Weiss as a single from the album but it failed to make an impact on the chart. The song did get a lot of airplay on radio stations, most stations that played easy listening music.
Larry got the idea for the single after hearing ” Rhinestone Cowboy ” in a conversation he overheard. In a 1984 interview with American Songwriter magazine, Larry explained the origin of the title ” I heard the phrase and thought, ‘Boy, I like that title’. I put my own meaning to it and wrote the song. I’ll always be a kid at heart, and ‘ Rhinestone Cowboy ‘ was sort of a summation of all my childhood cowboy movie heroes – particularly Hopalong Cassidy “.
The lyrics talk about a country music singer who is struggling to hit the big time; Lyrically it is almost autobiographical as Larry was indeed a struggling singer-songwriter at the time.
Larry explained in the same interview with American Songwriter magazine that ” The idea for the song was also a crying out of myself. It was the spirit of a bunch of us on Broadway where I started out – Neil Diamond, Tony Orlando – we all had dreams of making it “.
After hearing the song being played on the Los Angeles Radio station KNX-FM, Glen went to Al Coury’s office at Capitol records where Al played Glen the recording.
Glen felt that the song reflected his own struggles, many music writers referred to Glen’s efforts and how the song fits perfectly.
Allmusic’s Steven Thomas Erlewine summed up the pairing of the song to the singer by saying that the song is about someone ” who’s aware that he’s more than paid his dues during his career … but is still surviving, and someday, he’ll shine just like a rhinestone cowboy “.
With the record it seemed that Glen’s struggle was over, the song was Glen’s biggest-selling single with over two million copies sold. After release, it caught the public’s imagination with both country music and pop music fans.
The song was a commercial success for Glen. In the United States, it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-one, after fourteen weeks on the chart Glen had his first US Billboard Number One single.
Glen stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for a total of twenty-three weeks. He also took the song to Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and spent a total of twenty-one weeks on that chart.
Outside of the United States the song also tasted chart success. In the United Kingdom ” Rhinestone Cowboy ” peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. It spent four weeks on the Top Ten and a total of twelve weeks on the chart there.
In Ireland, it entered the Irish Singles Chart on the 25th of September 1975 and peaked at Number One; it spent a total of fifteen weeks on the chart there.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 5, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 4, Canada Country Tracks (RPM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Canadian Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM) 7, Germany (Official German Charts) 31, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, South African Singles Chart 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 17
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