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Country music legend Glen Campbell recently passed. He leaves a legacy of crossover country hits that will be part of pop culture consciousness forever. Known for reflective, everyman songs, his 1977 hit "Southern Nights" was one of his more dance-oriented, upbeat tunes. The song was originally written and recorded by Louisiana legend Allen Toussaint in 1975.

While the original song is winsome and dreamlike, Campbell's version is probably one of his most pop-laden tunes. With a good-natured-feel and a nod to southern charm, Campbell's take on it endures because there's always a need for good music that's heartwarming and optimistic. The song is happy-go-lucky and reflects the innocence of the 70s.

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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander

Sonya Alexander - Musicto Curator

After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.