On December 1, 1978, Rory Gallagher gave an interview to Mark Stevens in Los Angeles; this was published originally in the February 1979 issue of the magazine Triad
, and was later transcribed for the magnificent Rory Gallagher tribute site run by Rory's brother, Donald.
When asked if his composition "Last of the Independents" was in any way autobiographical, Gallagher replied: "No, but some people have said that to me. They thought that I was the last of a particular group of people, or I was independent or something. Maybe I am a bit, but I doubt that. The song actually came about when I had the title and then wrote the song. Half way through it I realized that I had read the review of the picture Charlie Varrick
This is a slightly offbeat American thriller which was released in 1973. The lead character was played by Walter Matthau (1920-2000) who was better known for playing comedy roles. Charley Varrick
(spelt thus) was subtitled Last Of The Independents
on both the film trailer and posters.
Although Gallagher hadn't actually seen the film, the aforementioned review appears to have been fairly detailed, as can be seen from the song; he thought too it was similar to an earlier release, The Criminal
, a 1960 British-made film noir
which featured Stanley Baker in the lead role.