Vicki Lawrence rose to fame through her Carol Burnett Show appearances spanning 1967 to 1978. Vicki released the massively popular song “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” as a 7-inch single in 1972 dominating country pop charts.
The Southern Gothic murder ballad “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” was a surprising success for Vicki Lawrence, topping the Hot 100 by early in 1973. It would end up being Lawrence’s only number one.
Reba McEntire covered the same song in 1991, with her version becoming a country hit in no time. She substitutes the word “daddy” for pappa.”
The track that went on to sell over a million copies was originally offered to Cher but refused due to Sonny Bono feeling that it would offend her Southern fans. Cher only found out that she had the option to sing it years later.