Southern Nights (song)

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"Southern Nights"
Southern Nights song single cover.jpg
Single by Glen Campbell
from the album Southern Nights
B-side"William Tell Overture"
ReleasedJanuary 17, 1977
RecordedOctober 2, 1976
StudioCapitol Studios, Hollywood, California
GenreCountry pop, soft rock[1]
Songwriter(s)Allen Toussaint
Producer(s)Gary Klein
Glen Campbell singles chronology
"See You On Sunday"
"Southern Nights"

"Southern Nights" is a song written and recorded by Allen Toussaint, from his 1975 album, Southern Nights, and later recorded by American country music singer Glen Campbell. It was the first single released from Campbell's 1977 album, Southern Nights, and reached No. 1 on three separate US charts. It was covered by the Chicago band Whitney in 2015.[2]

Song history[edit]

The lyrics of "Southern Nights" were inspired by childhood memories Allen Toussaint had of visiting relatives in the Louisiana backwoods, which often entailed storytelling under star-filled nighttime skies.[3] When Campbell heard Toussaint's version, he immediately identified with the lyrics which reminded him of his own youth growing up on an Arkansas farm. In October 1976, Campbell recorded the song with slightly modified lyrics.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Released as a single by Campbell in January 1977, "Southern Nights" immediately caught on with both country and pop audiences. The song featured a unique guitar lick that Campbell had learned from friend Jerry Reed. In late March, "Southern Nights" spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart marking it Campbell's fifth and final No. 1 country hit.[4]

In late April, the track reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart marking Campbell's second and last No. 1 pop hit.

The song also spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart marking Campbell's seventh hit on the chart.[5]


"Southern Nights" was certified gold in the United States for sales of 1 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.[17] In 1977, the song was nominated for Song of the Year by the Country Music Association.[18]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and further included on the film's soundtrack album.[19] Also included at the end of the TV show Claws, season 4 episode 9.


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  2. ^ "This Cover Of Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights" Is Devastatingly Good". The FADER. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  3. ^ a b Ed Hogan. "Southern Nights - Glen Campbell | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 67.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard book of top 40 hits (9th ed., rev. and expanded. ed.). New York: Billboard Books. ISBN 978-0823085545.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". 17 July 2013. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  8. ^ Offizielle Deutsche Charts, 11 July 1977
  9. ^ "Glen Campbell Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Glen Campbell Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Cashbox Top 100: April 30, 1977". Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  12. ^ "Glen Campbell Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Top 200 Singles of 1977" (PDF). RPM.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  15. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1977). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  16. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 1977". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  17. ^ "Glen Campbell - Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "Past CMA Awards Winners and Nominees - 2017 CMA Awards". 2017 CMA Awards.
  19. ^ Shepard, Jack (April 19, 2017). "Tracklist for Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 revealed". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-24. Retrieved August 27, 2017.

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