BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #292: “THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA”- VIKKI LAWRENCE

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Billboard #1 Hits: #292: “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”- Vikki Lawrence. April 7, 1973. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”- Vikki Lawrence
  • Record Company- Bell
  • Genre- Country Pop
  • Written by Bobby Russell
  • Time: 3:40
  • B-side:”Dime A Dance”
  • Album- The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Canada.

At least one good thing came out of the Bobby Russell- Vikki Lawrence marriage- 1972-74- the song Bobby Russell wrote- Vikki Lawrence took to #1- making them both a lot of money. A Southern Gothic murder song- Russell who wrote it hated it and was reluctant to even record a demo of the song. Lawrence heard it liked it and thought it would be a hit- she was right. The first thought was to offer it to Miss Liza Minnelli- but it was offered to Cher- but was rejected by Sonny Bono because they were afraid it might offend her southern fans. Bette Midler rejected it for the same reasons. Lawrence went into the studio and with the backing of the famed Wrecking Crew recorded it- it became her only hit- a #1. By the way was there ever a worse successful television show than Mama’s Family?

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #292: “THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA”- VIKKI LAWRENCE

  1. I could fully imagine Cher doing this song… it always sort of reminded me of “Dark Lady” (or was it “Dark Woman?”) that she did around the same time. I like it anyway. Poor ol’ Georgia. First the lights go out – maybe because it’s a rainy night – then the Devil went down there!

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