Glen Campbell

Southern Nights

Composed by Allen Toussaint

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Songwriter Allen Toussaint wrote "Southern Nights" based on his childhood experiences of visiting his relatives who lived in the backwoods of Louisiana. He remembered how at nighttime they'd tell stories on the porch while Toussaint looked up into the deep, dark star-filled sky. He recorded "Southern Nights" on the 1975 Warner Bros./Reprise album Southern Nights. Jimmy Webb, who'd written the Campbell hits "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," and "Galveston," let the singer/guitarist hear a copy of "Southern Nights." After making a few changes Campbell decided to record the song. Produced by Gary Klein, "Southern Nights" went to number one pop, number one country, and number one adult contemporary for four weeks in the spring of 1977. The Southern Nights LP went gold, making it to number 22 pop. Toussaint's original take on the tune can be heard on the 1991 Warner Bros. CD The Allen Toussaint Collection.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Galveston 1969 Castle Music Ltd.
Southern Nights 1977 Delta Distribution 3:07
Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1978 Capitol Nashville 3:16
No Image 1980
Various Artists
Monterey/IVE
The Very Best of Glen Campbell [Capitol/Liberty] 1987 Capitol Nashville / Liberty 3:01
Country Boy 1988 Cema
Classics Collection 1990 Liberty 3:00
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
All-Time Favorite Hits [Capitol Special Markets] 1991 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Contemporary Country: The Late '70s 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The World of Glen Campbell Live 1992 Trace Records 3:57
Country Music Classics, Vol. 10 (1975-80) 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:57
Branson USA, Vol. 3: Country Legends 1993
Various Artists
Priority
Phoenix 1994 Drive Archive 3:55
Ultimate 1995 Bransounds 2:57
Back to Back Hits 1995 CEMA Special Markets 2:57
Only Country 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:57
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Late 70's, Vol. 1-2 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:57
Glen Campbell Live! His Greatest Hits 1996 Pegasus (Pinnacle) 3:44
Rock On 1977 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:57
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
The Glen Campbell Collection (1962-1989): Gentle on My Mind 1997 Razor & Tie 2:57
No Image 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
1977: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:02
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:00
AM Gold: 1977 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:01
No Image 1998 Unison
Highway Rock: Southern Nights 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:57
Country Roads: 20 Driving Country Classics 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:57
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
Great Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:59
Radio Days: '70s Pop 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:00
In Concert [Charly] 1999 Charly Records 3:58
Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
My Hits and Love Songs 1999 Capitol 2:58
Golden Hits Live 1999 Intercontinental Records 3:57
The Capitol Years 65/77 1999 EMI Digital / Zonophone 2:58
Classic Country: 1975-1979 [2 CD 1999 #1] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:00
Greatest Hits Live [Legacy] 2000 QED
20 Greatest Hits [Capitol] 2000 Capitol 3:01
Greatest Hits: In Concert 2000 Castle Pie / Castle Music Ltd. 3:47
SPF 16: Summer Party Favorites 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:59
The Gold Collection 2000 Fine Tune 3:54
Southern Nights: Greatest Hits 2000 Woodford 2:59
Ralph Emery's Country Homecoming 2000
Various Artists
Chordant / CMD 2:44
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
Country Mix Series: Country Greats 2001
Various Artists
Mastersong
Country Stars & Stripes 2001 Direct Source 3:49
In Concert [Mastersong] 2001 Mastersong
The Signature Series: Glen Campbell 2001 Direct Source 3:49
Southern Nights, Vol. 1 2001 Platinum Disc 3:49
Singers And Songwriters: 1977-1979 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Most Awesome Line Dancing, Vol. 6 2002
Various Artists
EMI 2:50
Rhinestone Cowboy: The Best of Glen Campbell 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
All the Best 2003 Capitol 2:59
Pure Platinum 2003 Platinum Disc 3:49
Ultimate Legends 2003 United Audio Entertainment 3:55
All-Time Favorite Hits [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 2:57
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:58
Southern Nights/Basic 2003 Raven 2:59
Rhinestone Cowboy [Weton] 2003 Forever Gold (Allegiance) / Weton 3:47
The Legacy 1961-2002 2003 Capitol 2:59
The Very Best of Country [Nascente] 2004
Various Artists
Mastersong
Country Greatest: EMI Years 2004 EMI Music Distribution
Rhinestone Cowboy [Mastersong] 2004 Mastersong
38 Great Performances 2004 Prism Entertainment
The Rhinestone Cowboy: Live [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 3:55
Country Legends 2005 Country Legends
Go Country 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Rock Breakout Years: 1970 2005 Madacy 2:57
40 #1 Hits: The Seventies 2005
Various Artists
GP Serie / Musicpro 3:54
Country Hit Parade 2006 Direct Source 3:46
Classic Campbell 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:58
Best of Glen Campbell [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 3:47
Rhinestone Cowboy/Southern Night: Live in Concert 2006 Direct Source 3:46
Live in Concert [DVD] 2006 BMG/Image
30 #1 Country Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:47
Greatest Classic Country #1 Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:47
Rhinestone Cowboy [Golden Stars] 2006 Golden Stars 3:48
The Best of the Glen Campbell Music Show 2007 RPM
Country Legends: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:47
Forever Gold: Glen Campbell 2007 Forever Gold (Allegiance) 3:46
Country Biography 2007 United Multi Consign / TJB 3:55
Forever Gold: Country Hits [St. Clair #2] 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:46
Original Line Dance Album 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:48
Pure 2007 Direct Source 3:46
Live in Concert 2007 Acrobat 3:46
The Legends Of Country [DVD] 2007
Various Artists
Rhinestone Cowboy [LT Series] 2008 Lt Series
This Is 1977 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 2:58
Juke Box Hits 2008
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:57
Romancing the 70s: You Needed Me 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
Greatest Hits 2009 Nashville 2:59
Glen Campbell [Weton-Wesgram] 2009 Weton / Weton-Wesgram
Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 2009
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
Singers & Songwriters: 1976-1977 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
Rhinestone Cowboy 2011 Allegro Corporation / American Legends 3:45
No Image 2011 Fullfill
Certified #1 Country Hits 2011
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:57
Live Anthology: 1972-2001 2012 Cleopatra 3:41
Rolling with the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook 2012
Various Artists
Ace 2:58
Love & Live 2014 Music Club Deluxe 3:30
Country: Glen Campbell 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:44
100 Essential Tracks: Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music
Country Music Rewind 3
Various Artists
Stargrove 3:49
No Image
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
BMG/Metacom
The  Capitol Albums Collection CMCapNash / Universal 3:00
The Very Best of Glen Campbell [Capitol] Capitol / Capitol Nashville / EMI Music Distribution 3:01
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