August 6th, 2015
Sometime in the early 70s, Henry Hurt, VP and General Manager of Chappell Music in Nashville signed me to his label. In 1975, Henry gave me the opportunity to write all the songs for a Hollywood-come-to-Nashville movie called Nashville Girl. The film follows a young girl’s journey on the rocky road to the top of the Country & Western charts. I wrote all the songs with Johnny Wilson & Gene Dobbins — two of Nashville’s best. Nashville Girl, part of The Roger Corman Co, was released in 1976. It was clearly a B movie and as far as I knew disappeared.
Last Monday, it was shown at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville as part of the 2-month Monday Night showings of “Nashville in the Movies.” Rita and I attended thinking we would be the only two people in the audience.
Surprise! There were 80 diehards of what is now considered a cult classic. One person told me it has just been released in Blu-ray. At home, I looked on Amazon to find both Blu-ray and DVD versions. It’s strange to look back on something I did that I thought wasn’t going to mean much. Almost 40 years later, I found out I was wrong. Thanks, Henry.
Check out this write-up in The Nashville Scene — An Impromptu Nashville Girl Reunion Four Decades Later at Belcourt.
Keep writing. – Rory