51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 8: Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a bit of a thing about cowboys. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it’s the chaps or the thought of getting covered in all that dry dust as I ride into the sunset?

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“Hold on, Hugh, isn’t this feature meant to be about music? ”

“Yes, but Cowboys can sing, can’t they? Take it away, Glenn.”

Now, excuse me for saying this, but doesn’t Glen suit being a cowboy? He’s even got the cowboy walk, and it helps in being not only good looking but also a genuinely nice guy.

Rhinestone Cowboy was never written for Mr Campbell and, as such, never became a hit until he got his hands on it. When Glen heard the song he immediately fell in love with it and persuaded a record label to let him record and release his version of the song.

Not surprisingly, in 1975, the song became a worldwide hit where it peaked in the music charts at number one in the U.S.A, Ireland and Canada, number two in New Zealand and South Africa, and at number three in The Netherlands. In the U.K. the song peaked at number four.

The song has featured in a number of movies and television shows including one of favourite television comedy shows from the 1990s, Keeping Up Appearances. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the clip on YouTube of where the song was featured in the show but did come across a short clip of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced bouquet) having problems with being mistaken as a Chinese takeaway.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Barbara, Marie, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song, and to Terri who also linked a post to this feature.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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116 thoughts

  1. Not a massive Glen Campbell fan, to be honest, but that’s more to do with Country & Western than him as an individual. Still, when a song is that upbeat, it’s hard to take against it. As always, I look at your song choice to prompt me, but I was torn. Tempted (because it’s more mainstream) by ELO’s Wild West Hero, I’ve opted for a song more evocative of the Cowboy’s life. It’s a slow start, but worth waiting for. And, as they are still the best live band I’ve ever seen, it seems appropriate to see Thin Lizzy in their natural environment:


    1. Oh wow! A minute in before Thin Lizzy got going, Graeme. Not heard the song before. I see the year of the video was 1978 – now that does bring back happy memories for me. I’m liking the way you are keeping to the theme I am going with. I’m sure there are many more cowboy songs out there. I do like Wild West Hero by ELO. They’ll be featuring in this series over the coming weeks.
      Thanks for joining in. Have a great weekend.

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      1. And what’s not to like about ELO – I have their Greatest Hits album in my car at all times.
        I didn’t actually get to see Thin Lizzy until 1981 so undoubtedly missed some of their best years – but I made up for it once I realised how good they were live. I will be writing about those experiences in the not too distant future.
        Loving this feature of yours, Hugh


  2. I was not aware that Glen Campbell had international popularity. Wow.

    When I was a kid my family would vacation in northern Wisconsin. The place was in the middle of nowhere and there was only one AM radio station in the area. They played the old country hits like Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Charlie Pride, The Oak Ridge Boys. Every time I hear one of those old tunes it brings back memories of vacations in Wisconsin. Of course, it sounds best on a cheap AM radio!


  3. Fantastic Hugh. I love Glen and that song, good choice!
    I’m inbetween holidays and preparing interviews and such for my return in April, while getting ready to go away again, so please know I will eventually be joining in your songfest blog before 51 weeks end! LOL 🙂 ❤


  4. Yeah, Loved that Rhinestone Cowboy, Hugh. Thanks for sharing. Back in the 80s (I think) I enjoyed Michael Murphy’s cowboy-type songs, and a few of Willie Nelson’s too.


  5. Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash — my favorite cowboys. Delightful post, Hugh! My favorite from Glen is Wichita Lineman… it’s positively haunting. Also By the Time I Get to Phoenix — especially since it looks like I’ll never get back out west. But Rhinestone Cowboy always makes me smile. More hugs!


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