In 1974, Larry Weiss wrote and recorded the song “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The song appeared on his album Black and Blue Suite, unfortunately, Weiss’ recording did not get much attention. Therefore, it failed to enter the Billboard chart. On the same year, Glen Campbell was on tour in Australia when he heard Weiss’ song on the radio. He was captivated by the melody and the words of the song. When Campbell returned after his tour, he asked if he could record “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Glen Campbell’s Signature Song
“Rhinestone Cowboy” has been Glen Campbell’s signature song. It became popular, and it hit the top of many charts inside and outside the US. In the US, “Rhinestone Cowboy” placed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Moreover, the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart. Campbell won various awards because of his song. He was nominated twice during the Grammy’s. He won ACM’s Single of the Year, AMA’s Favorite Pop/Rock Single, Country Single, and Country Album.
CMA’s Forever Country Covers
In 2016, CMA celebrated its 50th anniversary. They invited country singers to cover classical country songs. They called this the “Forever Country Covers” series. In one of the series, they invited Canadian country singer George Canyon to cover the 1976 Song of the Year by Glen Campbell, “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Canyon performed an acoustic version of this song with him playing the guitar. He did a great job delivering one of country music’s classic hit song.
Before Canyon became a country singer, he worked numerous jobs. In addition, he managed his own recording studio. He won first place when he competed in Nashville Star 2. Canyon released a total of 10 studio albums, and 30 of his singles entered the Billboard chart. His highest charting songs were “I Got This” and “Daughters of the Sun.”