On March 24, 1973, the final episode of the sixth season, Burnett surprised Lawrence by presenting her with an RIAA gold record for more than a million copies sold. The song ends with a four-measure riff in G minor. Although Bobby Russell both wrote the lyrics and composed the music for the song, he was reluctant to record even a demonstration because he didn't like it. The video included spoken dialogue expanding on the song's plot points, including the suggestion that the judge convicted Brody despite knowing Brody was innocent, because he (the judge) feared a trial would expose that he had also had an affair with the wife, played by Playboy centerfold/pin up model Barbara Moore. On the way there he notices a set of footprints leading to and from the house, but they are too small to have been made by Andy. Conrad, in his police car tries to convince Amanda not to leave but she says she's going. Lawrence's version, from her 1973 album of the same name, was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after its release. Directed by Ron Maxwell. The interviewer in the video is played by country singer Radney Foster. That's the night that the lights went out in Georgia. 1 on the. Amanda meets a state trooper named Conrad who shows concern for her. , https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Night_the_Lights_Went_Out_in_Georgia_(film)&oldid=971361631, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2016, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 August 2020, at 17:21. 'Touched By An Angel' Cast: Where Are They Now? While at the bar he encounters his friend Andy Wolloe, who informs him that while he was gone his wife was having an affair with "that Amos boy, Seth", and then admits that he himself had been with her as well. Her plans are derailed by Travis's lack of ambition and easy distraction by women and booze. . In addition to several other renditions, the song was again a hit in 1991 when Reba McEntire recorded it for her album For My Broken Heart. , In 1981, country singer Tanya Tucker recorded a version with differing lyrics and an altered timeline, based on the plot of the 1981 film The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. When they cross paths with a small town sheriff, their dream comes in jeopardy. Though the song only reached number 12 on the charts, it had a successful and memorable music video directed by Jack Cole. The film has an audience rating of 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The new lyrics really don't share any of the same plot points as the original. Seth wounds Travis in an ambush. , In Canada, the single version went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" is just one of those songs that sticks with you no matter how many times you've heard it. These altered lyrics were based on the plot line of the movie, which is not the same as the story of the original song. In the song's chorus, Little Sister blames the local criminal justice system for her brother's death, warning the listener, "Don't trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer, 'cause the judge in the town's got blood stains on his hands.". The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia is a 1981 American musical drama film starring Kristy McNichol, Dennis Quaid, Mark Hamill and Don Stroud, directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Assuming his wife had left town, Brother goes home to find the gun his father had left him and quietly makes his way through the backwoods to Andy's house. Released as a single in November 1972, the song went to No. 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and was topped by Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree." The murder ballad's story is so engrossing, you feel like the characters are almost real. , "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" ranked 48 for films in 1981. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Read More: 14 of the Most Controversial Country Songs Throughout History, Reba McEntire covered the song for her 1991 album, For My Broken Heart. Billboard ranked it as the No. The two are separated in one town and by the time they find each other in the next one, Travis has been arrested for public drunkenness. 6 on the Easy Listening chart, and peaked at No. The song's verses are in C Dorian. Amanda buries Travis and hugs Melody good bye. In the video, the little sister, played by McEntire, as a young woman in flashbacks and as a 60-year-old woman, catches her fiancé, Andy, in the act with her brother's wife.  It was No. Well, Andy got scared and left the bar (And went) Walkin' on home 'cause he didn't live far. McEntire's version was a chart single as well, reaching number 12 on Hot Country Songs. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia is a 1981 American musical drama film starring Kristy McNichol, Dennis Quaid, Mark Hamill and Don Stroud, directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Lawrence, who was married to Russell at the time, believed the song was a hit and recorded the demo.  On the RPM Country Singles chart, it reached No. Tucker's cover is included on the film's soundtrack album. In a show trial, the judge wastes little time declaring Brother guilty and sentences him to death by hanging, which is carried out in short order. The publishers and the record label did not know how to pitch the song, as it was not a country or a pop song. With Kristy McNichol, Dennis Quaid, Mark Hamill, Sunny Johnson. 1 on the Hot 100 chart in 1973 when Lawrence was a regular performer on the ensemble variety comedy television show The Carol Burnett Show. You find out later that the real culprit was the song's narrator -- Andy's "Little Sister" -- who killed Andy and Brother's wife. It was presented to Cher, but her husband Sonny Bono (at the time) thought it might offend her fans in the south. Arriving at the back door, Brother finds Andy inside lying dead on the floor from a gunshot. Travis Child (Quaid) is a country singer who had one hit song and then faded from the scene. It was presented to, At the time Vicki Lawrence released her single in 1972, she was a regular performer on the, . Her lyrics were slightly altered in order to fit the plot of the film by the same name which starred Kristy McNichol, Dennis Quaid, Mark Hamill, and Don Stroud. 1 on the RPM 100 national singles chart on May 5, 1973. The story wraps up as the narrator identifies herself as Brother's "Little Sister" and reveals that it was her footprints that Brother saw on his way to Andy's house. The film was shot on location in Dade County, Georgia, but some scenes were filmed around Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Manchester, TN as well. Jack Cole directed a music video for the McEntire single, in which the older brother of the story is given the name Raymond Brody. https://www.countrythangdaily.com/the-night-the-lights-went-out-in-georgia ", Been two weeks gone and he thought he'd stop, At Webb's and have him a drink 'fore he went home to her, And Wo said, "Sit down I got some bad news that's going to hurt", Said, "I'm your best friend and you know that's right, Since you've been gone she's been seeing that Amos boy, Seth", Andy said, "Boy, don't you lose your head, Because to tell you the truth, I've been with her myself", That's the night that the lights went out in Georgia, That's the night that they hung an innocent man, Well, don't trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer, 'Cause the judge in the town's got bloodstains on his hands, Walking on home because he didn't live far - you see, Andy didn't have many friends and he just lost him one, Brother thought his wife must have left town, So he went home and finally found the only thing, Slipping through the backwoods quiet as a mouse, Came upon some tracks too small for Andy to make, He looked through the screen at the back porch door, In a puddle of blood and he started to shake, The Georgia patrol was making their rounds, So he fired a shot just to flag them down, A big bellied sheriff grabbed his gun and said, The judge said guilty on a make-believe trial, Slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile, Said supper's waiting at home and I got to get to it, Because the judge in the town's got bloodstains on his hands, Well, they hung my brother before I could say, To Andy's house and back that night were mine, And his cheating wife had never left town, You see little sister doesn't miss when she aims her gun, When Russell first wrote the song, he couldn't find anyone to record it. Howard McNear, Floyd the Barber on 'Andy Griffith' Originated Doc on 'Gunsmoke', The Strange Story of Loretta Lynn’s Haunted Hurricane Mills Mansion, Loretta Lynn Statue Unveiled at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. using the McEntire backing track. , Verse two uses the same structure as verse one, with an additional two lines. Once he gets there, he finds Andy dead and gets convicted for his murder. It reached No. In the video, 14 of the Most Controversial Country Songs Throughout History. While still a commercially successful release, it broke a string of 24 consecutive top 10 country singles by McEntire. In 1981, country singer Tanya Tucker recorded a version with differing lyrics and an altered timeline, based on the plot of the 1981 film The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. people think this song is made up, but it is based on a true event. The music video expanded on the plot of the song, showing McEntire playing the role of "Little Sister." It was a huge shock to her when the single reached No. The song, written by Bobby Russell in 1972, follows along with a character we only know as "Brother," who stops at a bar one night to hear from "Andy" that his wife has been cheating on him. The song hit No. The first thought was to offer the song to actress/singer Liza Minnelli, but eventually it was offered to singer Cher, but her then-husband and manager Sonny Bono reportedly refused it, as he was said to be concerned that the song might offend Cher's southern fans. The first additional lines also modulate to G major with a chord pattern of Am-D7-G-Em-Am-D-Gm, before returning to C Dorian for another repetition of the original chord pattern. When Russell first wrote the song, he couldn't find anyone to record it. At the chorus, the song modulates to the key of G major, with a chord pattern of Am-D7-G-Em used three times before ending on Am-D7-Gm. , During 1991, the song was covered by Reba McEntire on her album For My Broken Heart.