Campbell recorded his signature song, "Rhinestone Cowboy
," in 1975. David Allan Coe said in an interview with Review
magazine in 2009 that the songwriter, Larry Weiss, originally sent the song to him but he turned it down. Coe was already calling himself the Rhinestone Cowboy and thought it would be egotistical to record it. Weiss recorded it himself and released in on the Black and Blue Suite
album. Campbell later heard it on the radio and his own cover of the song became a #1 hit on both the Pop and Country charts. After turning out other radio-friendly hits in the 1970s, such as "Southern Nights" and "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)," Campbell's popularity waned as the 20th century came to a close. His 2011 album, Ghost on the Canvas
, was critically acclaimed and Campbell reported that it was his "farewell album."