‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ author struggles after COVID-19 battle
COVID-19 knocked the New Jersey native who penned the megahit “Rhinestone Cowboy” proper out of his saddle.
And now the household of Newark-born singer-songwriter Larry Weiss is hoping mates, strangers and those that’ve loved his work — together with Jersey icon Bruce Springsteen — will trip to his rescue.
Weiss turned significantly ailing in July after contracting corona from his roommate — who succumbed to the virus.
The 79-year-old Weiss spent two months out and in of the hospital battling excessive fevers, low oxygen ranges and two bouts of pneumonia. At one level he was nearly placed on a ventilator.
“It was a time of reflection. It was a time to look again at my life and to consider issues that I had performed and will have performed. And need to do. I by no means felt I used to be going to take a look at,” Weiss instructed The Put up from his longtime residence in Nashville.
Weiss admitted he was “scared” when initially rushed to the hospital on July 29.
“I had no management over my respiratory,” he mentioned.
Now on the highway to wellness, Weiss — whose tunes have been recorded by everybody from Eric Burden to Jeff Beck and Barry Manilow — faces mounting medical payments and a prolonged rehab.
His daughter, Stephanie, who lives in Seattle, launched a GoFundMe marketing campaign Oct. 19 that has raised almost $6,000 — together with $100 from the Nashville Songwriters Affiliation Int’l.
Weiss’ Backyard State cousin has tried to enlist the assistance of Springsteen — who lined “Rhinestone Cowboy” final yr.
Weiss referred to as Springsteen’s rendition “implausible,” noting that Glenn Campbell’s model “was a bit shiny, however Bruce gave it extra meat. Nearer to the road. It was extra in the direction of what the music was about…a mirrored image of my experiences on Broadway as a songwriter beginning out within the Nineteen Sixties.”
Weiss’ insurance coverage will “solely cowl solely a small portion of what’s vital for his correct residence care” the GoFundMe explains.
Weiss will get royalties for “Rhinestone Cowboy” — which went No. 1 for Campbell in 1975 — however he mentioned, “it’s simply sufficient for me to get by, however to not pay my medical bills.”
Weiss mentioned he’d “love to listen to” from The Boss, however, “that’s as much as him. I’m not asking him for something. I’m simply joyful that he recorded my music. It was an incredible honor for me.”
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