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The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia by Vicki Lawrence
Album: The Night The Lights Went Out In GeorgiaReleased: 1973Charted:
This song tells the tale of a man who finds out from his friend Andy that his wife had cheated on him with both Andy and a guy named Seth. This being Georgia, he gets a gun and sets out to kill Andy, but when he gets there Andy is already dead. The police show up, arrest him for killing Andy and he is hanged. The singer then reveals that she is the man's sister and that she shot Andy and also killed her brother's wife.
This was the only hit for Lawrence. She was an actress on The Carol Burnett Show and starred in Mama's Family. She briefly had her own talk show, called Vicki!
This was written by Bobby Russell, who was Lawrence's husband at the time. They divorced soon after this was released. Russell also wrote "Honey
," which was a hit in 1968 for Bobby Goldsboro. He died of a heart attack in 1992.
Russell didn't think much of this song when he wrote it, and couldn't find anyone to record it. Lawrence liked it and recorded a demo of it. Producer Snuff Garrett decided she should do the song and recorded it with her.
This was offered to Cher, but Sonny Bono turned it down on her behalf. Cher didn't know until years later that she was offered the song.
The song was the basis for a movie of the same name in 1981 starring Kristy McNichol.
Reba McEntire recorded a version in 1991 that was a Country hit. In her version of the song, she uses the word "Daddy" instead of "Papa," (thanks, Barbara - Caryville, TN)