Country music legend Glen Campbell loved to play golf. In fact, his golf shoes would probably make a lot of rhinestone cowboys jealous.
Would you believe that Campbell would wear cleated cowboy boots instead of traditional golf shoes? Yep, ol’ Glen was not always one to adhere to norms. There were days where he would show up for his regular tee time at Malibu Country Club, slip off one pair of shoes, and put on the boots.
Imagine the looks of people seeing him tee off in those boots. Just goes to show that if you have the money to do it, then you can have those types of things. Campbell even hosted the Glen Campbell Open for a number of years, gathering PGA Tour pros and even celebrities, too.
Glen Campbell Loved Playing Golf at Bing Crosby Tournament
He also was a regular attendee of the Bing Crosby Pro-Am Tournament held at Pebble Beach, Calif. The event, also known as “The Crosby Clambake” for its mix of hospitality and friendship between pros and celebrities, was kind of a must-see TV event.
Campbell would even find himself taking time out to play guitar in a golf cart. One of those times was captured by CBS when Campbell rolled up to actor Phil Harris. For fans of the original Disney film “The Jungle Book,” Harris was the voice of Baloo. In this clip, Campbell and Harris team up for a few lines from “The Bare Necessities.” Trivia side note: Harris co-wrote the song, which has become a recognizable tune for decades.
Back in 1996, CBS aired a brief tribute to Harris, who died on Aug. 11, 1995. Some golfers and celebrities offer their remembrances. Near the end, watch for Campbell and Harris to duet on the song.
Campbell Scores Another No. 1 Hit With ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’
Since we’re talking about Glen Campbell and glittery golf-shoe boots, what about that hit song “Rhinestone Cowboy”?
He recorded the song on Feb. 24, 1975. It was a hit song on both the country and pop charts upon its release. This marked the first time a song had done that since Jimmy Dean released “Big Bad John” in 1961.
Campbell actually heard the original version from Larry Weiss on the radio, according to KXRB. Weiss wrote and recorded the song in 1974, but it didn’t go anywhere on the charts. Campbell heard it, picked it up, and made that song into a hit.
Campbell cut his teeth as a studio musician in Los Angeles, then found his groove in country music.