Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Original vs Remake #25

"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

Written by Bobby Russell in 1972 this was offered to Cher but manager/husband Sonny Bono turned it down it was left on the shelf as Russell didn't even want to cut a demo.  His then wife, actress Vicki Lawrence decided she wanted to record it because she knew it sounded like a hit song.    She recorded it and it was released by MCA and soon hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks in April of 1973.

In 1991 Reba McEntire covered the song for her album For My Broken Heart and it reached #12 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart.

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