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.