This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Southern Nights - Kuumat yöt
Let's hear another Glenn Campbell cover in a row. Greger (see earlier entry) recorded "Kuumat yöt" (Hot nights) in 1978. Again, the first Finnish version was done by Kari Tapio in the previous year, but I present here the rarely heard Greger's version. The lyrics in both versions were provided by Chrisse Johansson. The covered song was Glenn Canmpbell's mega hit "Southern Nights". The original, however, was written and recorded in 1975 by Allen Toussaint, the famous American musician, composer and record producer. "Southern Nights" was Toussaint's tribute to evenings spent with his family on a porch in Louisiana looking up in the clear nighttime, star-filled sky. The song became Toussaint's signature song and it was brought to the attention of Glen Campbell by Campbell-collaborator Jimmy Webb. Campbell recorded it in 1977, and the song spent four weeks at the top of the country, pop and adult contemporary charts. You can ee Glenn perform the song here, and Allen here.