Glen Campbell: 20 Essential Songs

From his signature "Rhinestone Cowboy" to an unconventional Foo Fighters cover

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"Southern Nights" (1977)

Of all the tunes songwriter Jimmy Webb presented for Glen Campbell to record, this breezy slice of idyllic Southern life was one of the biggest and best. Yet, Webb didn't write it – New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint did. Inspired by memories from his childhood, Toussaint captured images that immediately sparked the same nostalgia in Campbell when he heard the song on an LP at Webb's suggestion. The 1977 pop-country Number One was also a major hit throughout Europe and a Top Ten in New Zealand, proving that "Southern" is less a specific location and more a state of mind.  

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