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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