Glen Campbell’s musical journey involved collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Beach Boys, Shelley Fabares, Merle Haggard, Jan and Phil Spector, and The Casca. Despite featuring with such top artists, Campbell’s success didn’t come easily.
His first solo release, “Turn Around and Look At Me,” barely made a dent in his career. He even formed a band with his former crew members and recorded songs, but their efforts failed to yield success. Determined to make a name for himself, he appeared regularly on TV shows, seeking recognition. However, a series of unsuccessful singles couldn’t propel him to stardom, leading Capitol Records to contemplate dropping him from their label.
Everything changed when Campbell released “Rhinestone Cowboy,” his largest-selling and most renowned single. The song proved to be a game-changer for his music career. During a tour of Australia in 1974, Campbell was inspired by Larry Weiss’s version of the song.
“Rhinestone Cowboy” became a timeless hit, and a snippet of its recording even found its way into the Jaws parody song “Mr. Jaws” by Dickie Goodman. Another one of his chart-topping hits, “Southern Nights,” was created in collaboration with Jerry Reed and Jimmy Webb, with Allen Toussaint’s assistance. Additionally, Campbell served as the celebrity host for the Los Angeles Open from 1971 to 1983.
The remastered original video of Glen Campbell singing “Rhinestone Cowboy” brings this iconic track to life in stunning quality. It allows you to witness a nation coming together to enjoy one of the most beloved songs of its time.