Urban Cowboy – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1980 CD-New $26.99


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Urban Cowboy 1980

The movie Urban Cowboy was a modest hit upon its 1980 release. Its soundtrack, however, was a much different, more successful story.

The double LP spawned three country No. 1 hits (Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love,” Mickey Gilley‘s “Stand By Me” and Anne Murray‘s “Could I Have This Dance”), while its Kenny Rogers track, “Love the World Away,” peaked at No. 4. All four of those songs also reached the pop Top 40, as did two other tunes: Boz Scaggs’ “Look What You’ve Done to Me” and Joe Walsh’s “All Night Long.”

Beyond specific hits, the so-called “urban cowboy” movement created a country style of its own, rooted in melodic tunes that had soft rock leanings. One of the film’s producers, Irving Azoff, “had seen the massive acceptance of the California sound — the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt — which was rooted in country,” music coordinator Becky Mancuso-Winding told Texas Monthly.

“And you could already hear the Eagles’ influence on Nashville. Irving knew it was time for a crossover, and not just musically,” she added. “He’d looked at the disco movement and Saturday Night Fever. He knew Urban Cowboy could impact the way people dressed, ate, danced, listened.”

Although Azoff wanted the soundtrack to feature only the Eagles, the tracklist eventually expanded to include other artists and then-recent hits by groups such as the Charlie Daniels Band. It ended up being a great move: The album felt more like a great compilation than a mere movie soundtrack.

The film’s screenplay was adapted by Aaron Latham and James Bridges from an article by the same name in Esquire Magazine written by Latham. The original Esquire article centered on the romance between two Gilley’s regulars named Dew Westbrook and Betty Helmer. Westbrook and Helmer’s real-life relationship became the inspiration for the on-screen romance between John Travolta’s and Debra Winger’s characters “Bud” and “Sissy”. The movie was directed by Bridges. Some film critics referred to the movie as a country music version of Saturday Night Fever. The film grossed almost $47 million in the United States alone and represented a temporary recovery for Travolta from 1978’s poorly received Moment by Moment, but the film was not nearly as successful as either Saturday Night Fever.

Video: Johnny Lee – “Lookin’ for Love” – Urban Cowboy 1980


Hello Texas
Written by Brian Collins and Robby Campbell
Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Lively Music/New Chenaniah (BMI)
All Night Long
Written by Joe Walsh
Performed by Joe Walsh
Wow & Flutter Music (ASCAP)
Times Like These
Written by Dan Fogelberg
Performed by Dan Fogelberg
EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Nine Tonight
Written by Bob Seger
Performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (as Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band)
Hideout Records/Distributors Inc. (ASCAP)
Stand by Me
Written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Performed by Mickey Gilley
Unichappell (BMI) / Jerry Leiber Music/Mike Stoller Music (ASCAP)
Cherokee Fiddle
Written by Michael Martin Murphey (as Michael Murphy)
Performed by Johnny Lee
Dro-N-Sis Music (BMI)
Could I Have This Dance
Written by Wayland Holyfield and Bob House
Performed by Anne Murray
Tree Music Publishing (BMI)
Lyin’ Eyes
Written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
Performed by Eagles
Cass County Music Company/Red Cloud Music (ASCAP)
Lookin’ For Love
Written by Wanda Mallette, Patti Ryan and Bob Morrison
Performed by Johnny Lee
Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance
Written by Rusty Wier
Performed by Bonnie Raitt
Prophecy Publishing Inc./Bug House (ASCAP)
The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Written by Charlie Daniels, Tom Crain, Taz Di Gregorio, Fred Edwards, Charlie Haywardand James Marshall
Performed by The Charlie Daniels Band
Cabin Fever Music (BMI)
Here Comes The Hurt Again
Written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice
Performed by Mickey Gilley
Jack And Bill Music Company
Orange Blossom Special/Hoedown
Written by Ervin T. Rouse (as Ervin Rouse)
Performed by Gilley’s ‘Urban Cowboy’ Band
Love The World Away
Written by Bob Morrison and Johnny Wilson
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Falling In Love For The Night
Written by Charlie Daniels
Performed by The Charlie Daniels Band
Cabin Fever Music (BMI)
Written by Oscar Stuart Blandamer
Performed by Bonnie Raitt
Sptember Music Corp./Margaret Point Music Limited (ASCAP)
Look What You’ve Done To Me
Written by Boz Scaggs, David Foster
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs Music/Irving Music Inc./Fpster Frees Music Inc. (BMI)
Hearts Against The Wind
Written by JD Souther
Performed by JD Souther and Linda Ronstadt
EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)

Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in