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One Hit Wonders - VICKI LAWRENCE (1973)
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"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence - 


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,"

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1226

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1973




1  Tony Orlando and Dawn Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree
2  Jim Croce Bad Bad Leroy Brown
3  Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song
4  Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On
5  Paul McCartney and Wings My Love
6  Kris Kristofferson Why Me
7  Elton John Crocodile Rock
8  Billy Preston Will It Go Round In Circles
9  Carly Simon You're So Vain
10  Diana Ross Touch Me In The Morning
     
11  Vicki Lawrence The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
| Closed on 12/06/13 at 05:00PM
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9 Fans 
22%a. 10 (Great song)
22%b. 7-9 (Like that song)
11%c. 5-6 (ok song)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
44%e. Ah, the 2013 Atlanta Falcons theme song! :D

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#1 | 258 days ago

I think she will always be remembered for 
7-9 (Like that song)  
  
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#1 | 258 days ago

I think she will always be remembered for 
7-9 (Like that song)  
#2 | 258 days ago

Learned something new today
#3 | 258 days ago

I've heard the song, just never knew it was Carol Burnett's sidekick Mama. Hmm.
Ah, the 2013 Atlanta Falcons theme song! :D  
#4 | 258 days ago

OK funny guy, I chose your 'other'. I hope you have some Zima fly out your nose this weekend.

wink
Ah, the 2013 Atlanta Falcons theme song! :D  
#5 | 258 days ago

I love Vicki Lawrence and Carol Burnett and Tim Conway... good times.
#6 | 258 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Beaneaters wrote:
OK funny guy, I chose your 'other'. I hope you have some Zima fly out your nose this weekend.

wink
Ut-oh……..someone is awfully touchy.  cool

You have to remember that I am a Cubs fan so the song "The Night Chicago Died" has lived with us for 105 yrs!   laugh
Ah, the 2013 Atlanta Falcons theme song! :D  
#7 | 258 days ago

Oh wow, I thought her version was a cover of an older version. I just got a new wrinkle in my brain.
7-9 (Like that song)  
#8 | 258 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Ut-oh……..someone is awfully touchy.  cool

You have to remember that I am a Cubs fan so the song "The Night Chicago Died" has lived with us for 105 yrs!   laugh
Naw, just goofing. With all the Cubs cracks I make, you have every right to put the beatdown on the Falcons. Thank goodness baseball is around the corner.

devil
Ah, the 2013 Atlanta Falcons theme song! :D  
#9 | 258 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Beaneaters wrote:
Naw, just goofing. With all the Cubs cracks I make, you have every right to put the beatdown on the Falcons. Thank goodness baseball is around the corner.

devil
"Thank goodness" for some of you…..it's going to be the same ole bullish** on the North Side of Chicago for me…….I will probably boycott baseball, again, this year.  frown
Ah, the 2013 Atlanta Falcons theme song! :D  

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