After this initial success, Campbell ventured from the stage to the screen. Through his variety show The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour, the star revealed hitherto unseen corners of talent. Meanwhile, hits like “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” maintained his place as a Billboard chart-topper in the following decade.
With the latter, Campbell found the linchpin that defined his whole career. Following its 1975 release, “Rhinestone Cowboy” would be certified gold and earned accolades from the likes of the American Music Awards. And its popularity was felt by more than just country fans. For example, rockers Radiohead covered the song in concert.
Nevertheless, the star’s career would soon take a turn for the worse. Bolstered by his success, Campbell fell into the pitfalls of celebrity and gained addictions to alcohol and cocaine. Meanwhile, a volatile romantic relationship with singer Tanya Tucker further diverted attention from his music and made him famous for all the wrong reasons.