September 7

The Glen Campbell Effect: 42 yrs ago, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Hits No. 1

September 8, 2017, marks the first month that this earth feels the absence of a cowboy troubadour who sang the hit ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and fought the battle of Alzheimer’s disease, the one, and only Glen Campbell. While the lessons and struggles that he imparted to us are deeply embedded in our hearts as we will commemorate his death a month after his tragic passing, we try to remember his excellence and musical influence as Rhinestone Cowboy celebrates the highest status on Billboard charts, 42 years ago.

Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell

In case you are wondering, Rhinestones are fake jewels that are commonly used as an added aesthetic value of country-style clothing for country artists. This type of flamboyant style of clothing made the likes of Elvis Presley and his clothing iconic.

Unlike many stories of hidden hate towards a song, Glen Campbell immediately liked the song and quote “I think I’m destined to sing this song.” True enough it became a very defining moment for Glen Campbell as it became his signature song and critics would say that Campbell’s vocals and Rhinestone Cowboy is a match made in heaven.

It definitely inspired many kinds of Campbell unforgettable moments such as the Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone movie in 1984 entitled ‘Rhinestone.’  It was also used by Campbell to jump-start his telethon during RKO segment. In 2012, Glen Campbell performed the said song while suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in the 2012 Grammy Awards after getting his Lifetime Achievement Award.

If there’s one thing that this song has proven is that Glen Campbell was never a Rhinestone cowboy but a true blue cowboy who fought hard and bravely.

Watch the music video again:


Rhinestone Cowboy Lyrics

I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long
Singin’ the same old song
I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway
Where hustle’s the name of the game
And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain
There’s been a load of compromisin’
On the road to my horizon
But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me

Like a rhinestone cowboy
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo
Like a rhinestone cowboy
Getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know
And offers comin’ over the phone


glen campbell, rhinestone cowboy

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