Clint Eastwood Filled ‘Every Which Way But Loose’ With Great Country Music
He's best known for westerns, particularly what's called 'spaghetti westerns'. And then he's perhaps second best known for his 'shoot first and ask questions later' movies (think 'Dirty harry'). So in 1978 it was maybe a bit uncharacteristic for Hollywood Superstar Clint Eastwood to star in an offbeat comedy.
But this is Clint Eastwood, after all, so it became a mega-hit. And 'Every Which Way But Loose' introduced a massive audience to artist's that they weren't familiar with. People like Charlie Rich, Mel Tillis and most particularly, Eddie Rabbit.
The movie was layered with great country music, with the soundtrack's title cut topping the country chart early in 1979. It became Eddie's ninth Top 10 hit and his fourth number one.
While movie critic's were not, uh, real big on the film, 'Every Which Way But Loose' became Eastwood's biggest grossing film to date and the second highest grossing film of 1978.
Oh, and by the way, the film also spawned a sequel, 1980's 'Any Which Way You Can', which also featured a number one country smash, David Frizzell and Shelly West's 'You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma'.