The 1980 John Travolta-Debra Winger drama Urban Cowboy was a modest hit that inspired a brief surge in the sales of super tight denim and mechanical bulls. But it was the blockbuster soundtrack — featuring No. 1 country hits like Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love” and Mickey Gilley’s “Stand by Me” — that cemented the movie’s status as a minor ’80s classic. As Cowboy nears its 40th anniversary, Lee and Gilley, who also appeared in the film as themselves, are touring with a show that will not only feature their signature songs but stories about making the movie.
— Nathan Weinbender