Reflect on the Glen Campbell chart-topper that would turn out to be his last YouTube

It’s hard to believe but when Glen Campbell released his “Southern Nights” album in February of 1977, it was his 32nd album.

Even more amazing, a month after it was released, Glen was on top of the charts with the title track to the album of the same name.

Written by Allen Toussaint, “Southern Nights” was built primarily on lyrics that were inspired by Allen’s memories of visiting relatives in the Louisiana backwoods, which often ended in storytelling under the nighttime skies.

Glen would go on to record a total of 57 studio albums but “Southern Nights” would be the last No. 1 song he would have.

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Sadly, those days are all behind the country legend. As Alzheimer’s disease continues to tighten its grip on Glen, there is one last shining moment that lies in front of him. As Rare Country reported, an 80th birthday celebration concert in Nashville is set for April 22, led by Glen’s longtime friend and collaborator Jimmy Webb.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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