THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
197-Glen Campbell-Rhinestone Cowboy.
1975-Number 4 single.
Best Bit-At 0.53.Artists who made the wearing of Rhinestones on their stage attire famous include Elvis Presley,Liberace and Neil Diamond,although of course Diamond was much more comfortable in blue jeans.
Glen Campbell(see also best songs 846) first heard this song on the radio while touring Australia,he identified with the songs subject matter,decided to learn it and on his return to the United States approached his record label,’Capital’ and told them of ‘a great new song.’
The song he had heard on the radio was written and performed by singer/songwriter Larry Weiss whose version had made little commercial impact.The song is about a Country singer struggling to make it big and it reflected Weiss striving to make it in his songwriting career.
For Campbell this was a very important song,it came at a time when the hits had dried up,he hadn’t been in the higher reaches of the charts since 1972.The story of the faded star who perseveres in the song held a lot of meaning for him.
‘There’ll be a load of compromisin’ on the road to my horizon,but I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me.’
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This is the highest placed Glen Campbell song on my countdown.