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
Southern Nights 1977 Capitol 2:57
No Image 1980
Various Artists
Monterey / IVE
The Very Best of Glen Campbell [Capitol/Liberty] 1987 Capitol Nashville / Liberty 3:01
Classics Collection 1990 Liberty 3:00
Great Records of the Decade: 70's Hits Country, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Curb 2:59
Greatest Country Hits 1990 Curb 3:00
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:59
All-Time Favorite Hits [Capitol Special Markets] 1991 CEMA Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:57
No Image 1991 Excelsior Recordings
Contemporary Country: The Late '70s 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
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 Records
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
No Image 1995 Capitol Nashville / Capitol
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Late 70's, Vol. 1-2 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:57
Rock On 1977 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:00
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
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
Highway Rock: Southern Nights 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 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 2:57
Radio Days: '70s Pop 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:00
Afternoon Delight: Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Laserlight 3:04
Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:04
My Hits and Love Songs 1999 Capitol 2:58
The Capitol Years 65/77 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:58
Classic Country: 1975-1979 [2 CD 1999 #1] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
20 Greatest Hits [Capitol] 2000 Capitol 3:01
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
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:59
Classic Country: Late '70s 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
The Signature Series: Glen Campbell 2001 Direct Source 3:49
Southern Nights, Vol. 1 2001 Platinum Disc 3:49
A Year in Your Life: 1970's Country, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:59
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
The Legacy 1961-2002 2003 Capitol 2:59
Rhinestone Cowboy [Mastersong] 2004 Mastersong
The Real Men of Country 2004 Platinum Disc 3:49
38 Great Performances 2004 Prism Entertainment 3:54
Rock Breakout Years: 1970 2005 Madacy 2:57
Classic Campbell 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:58
This Is 1977 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:58
Romancing the 70s: You Needed Me 2008
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:59
Greatest Hits 2009 Capitol
Country's Got Heart [Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:59
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:59
Rolling with the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook 2012
Various Artists
Ace 2:58
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 2017
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:58
The Capitol Albums Collection CMCapNash / Universal 3:26