‘Nashville Cats’ Must Be Classic Country, It Has ‘Nashville’ In The Title
So there I was the other night watching my favorite TV channel, METV. Why METV, you ask? Well, obviously they have the best shows on television.
Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifle Man. And no, before you say all the old bald guy watches are old shows, they carry the newer shows I like, too. The Rockford Files, Columbo, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart.
So don’t worry, I am one hip and happenin’ old foggy.
Anyway, I see an ad on METV that they’re going to start carrying ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’. So immediately I say to myself, ‘Self, you weren’t a big fan of the show, but the theme song was a good ‘un’.
The theme for ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ was a tune called ‘Welcome Back’. That seemed appropriate. It was a number one Pop music hit in 1976 for John Sebastian.
Then I said to myself, ‘Self, John Sebastian was the lead singer for the 1960’s pop/rock/folk group The Lovin’ Spoonful, and they had a great song called ‘Nashville Cats’. That must have been a huge Country Music smash! After all, ‘Nashville’ was right there in the title, and the song is way more country than the ‘country’ put out today.’
So the curious sort that I am, I decided to check.
Well, ‘Nashville Cats’ came out in 1966 and was a Top 10 Pop/Rock hit (#2 in Canada, interestingly enough) and as far as the Country chart….hmmm, nothing that I could find.
Oh well, maybe it was the hair or just bad timing. But I think if ‘Nashville cats’ were released today it would….
No, wait, it wouldn’t be a country hit. It’s ‘too country’.
Anyway, I still think it’s a cool song. Let’s give it a listen almost 50 years later.