“Rhinestone Cowboy” is a song written by Larry Weiss and most famously recorded by American country music singer Glen Campbell. When released in 1975, it enjoyed huge popularity with both country and pop audiences.
Released in May 1975, “Rhinestone Cowboy” immediately caught on with both country and pop audiences. The song spent that summer climbing both the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Billboard Hot 100 charts before peaking at No. 1 by season’s end – three nonconsecutive weeks on the country chart, two weeks on the Hot 100. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 for 1975. It also topped the charts in Canada and several other countries.
During the week of September 13 – the week the song returned to No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, after having been nudged out for a week by “Feelins'” by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn – “Rhinestone Cowboy” topped both the country and Hot 100 charts simultaneously. This was the first time a song had accomplished the feat since November 1961, when “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean did so.
Released May 26, 1975
Recorded February–March 1975
Songwriter(s) Larry Weiss
Producer(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter