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Pat Alger

August 17, 1995 OHC1 100 min.


Country music songwriter. Born September 23, 1947. In the early 1990s emerged as one of Nashville’s most successful songwriters. Named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, 1992.

Interview Summary

1995 August 17
(1 hour, 40 minutes)
Songwriter Pat Alger relates his journey from a small town childhood to a successful songwriting career. Alger describes the journey he took to Nashville, what it is like to be a successful songwriter, and the current direction of his career. Alger offers insight into several of his songs and the artists who recorded them, including “The Thunder Rolls” (recorded by Garth Brooks), “Small Town Saturday Night” (recorded by Hal Ketchum), and “Once in a Very Blue Moon” (recorded by Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, and others).

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