"Nights in White Satin" was originally released in 1967, charting at #19 in the UK, but topping out at #103 in America, where 6-minute songs were a tough sell at the time. In 1972, after songs like "Hey Jude
" and "Layla
" paved the way for long, dramatic tunes (and The Moody Blues became more popular), the song was re-released in the US and became a hit, going to #2 and sending sales of the reissued album skyward.
In the UK, the song made two more chart appearances, going to #9 in 1972 and #14 in 1979.