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Encyclopedia > Eddie Rabbitt
Eddie Rabbitt
Background information
Birth name Edward Thomas Rabbitt
Born November 27, 1941
Origin East Orange, New Jersey
Died May 7, 1998
Genre(s) Country music/Pop music
Occupation(s) singer/songwriter
Years active 1974-1998
Label(s) Elektra Records, RCA Records, Capitol Records, Warner Bros. Records, 20th Century Records, Columbia Records
Associated
acts
Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Lynn Anderson, Ronnie Milsap

Eddie Rabbitt (born November 27, 1941 - May 7, 1998) was a country music singer. He enjoyed much pop success in his career, helping develop the crossover-influenced sound in country music during the 1970s and 80s. During his career, he scored 26 number-ones. is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Map of East Orange in Essex County East Orange is a city in Essex County, New Jersey, USA. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 69,824. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Warner Bros. ... 20th Century Records was (not surprisingly) a subsidiary of film studio 20th Century Fox. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer, and is the sister of legendary country singer Loretta Lynn. ... Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning, American country music singer. ... Ronnie Milsap (born Ronnie Lee Milsap January 16, 1943 in Robbinsville, North Carolina) is an American Country/Pop Singer and Musician. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s - 120s - 130s 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 Note: Sometimes 80s is used as shorthand for the 1980s, the 1880s, or other such decades in different centuries. ...

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Rise to Success

Rabbitt was born Edward Thomas Rabbitt in Brooklyn, New York, but he was raised in East Orange, New Jersey. In the 60s, Eddie recorded for 20th Century Records and Columbia Records. In 1968, he moved out to Nashville, where he got his first start as a songwriter. In the beginning, Roy Drusky and George Morgan cut songs he wrote. His biggest success as a songwriter came in 1970, when Elvis Presley recorded his song "Kentucky Rain". The song became one of Presley's biggest hits and marked Rabbit as one of Nashville's leading young songwriters. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Map of East Orange in Essex County East Orange is a city in Essex County, New Jersey, USA. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 69,824. ... Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 10s - 20s - 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 Note: Sometimes the 60s is used as shorthand for the 1960s, the 1860s, or other such decades in various centuries... 20th Century Records was (not surprisingly) a subsidiary of film studio 20th Century Fox. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Roy Drusky (June 22, 1930 - September 23, 2004) was a country music singer. ... George Morgan (1924 – 1975) was a mid-20th century country music singer. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Kentucky Rain was a song sung by American singer Elvis Presley. ...


The Height of His Career

Rabbitt signed with Elektra Records in 1974. His first single, "You Get To Me" made the Top 40 that year, and two songs in 1975, "Forgive And Forget" and "I Should Have Married You" nearly made the Top 10, but in 1976, Rabbitt got his first #1 Country hit with the song "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)". He achieved more recognition with the songs "You Don't Love Me Anymore" and "Every Which Way But Loose" (the title track from the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name). Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ...


However, his biggest hits have to be "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Drivin' My Life Away", both hits for him in 1981. These hits are also probably his best-known and signature tunes. In the 1980s, Rabbitt enjoyed further success in music. In 1982, he teamed up with another Country/Pop crossover star, Crystal Gayle, to record the duet "You and I". The duet eventually became a big crossover smash for both of them that same year. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer, and is the sister of legendary country singer Loretta Lynn. ... You and I was a duet song by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle, that became a big hit in 1982. ...


His other #1s include "The Best Year of My Life," "The Wanderer" (a cover of the classic Dion hit), "I Wanna Dance With You," "On Second Thought," and "Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)" (a duet with Juice Newton). However, in the late 1980s, his success was starting to fade. His singles didn't crack the Pop Top 40 during this time. ... Dion DiMucci (born Dion Francis DiMucci, 18 July 1939), better known as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter, now widely recognized as one of the top singers of his era, blending the best elements of doo-wop, pop, and R&B styles. ... Juice Newton was born Judy Kay Cohen 18 February 1952 in Lakehurst, New Jersey and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1977, he was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music Awards. Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. ...


In 1981, he also won an American Music Award for Best Pop Male Vocalist in 1981. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


Decline & Death

As the 1980s came to an end, Rabbitt moved more and more away from crossover-styled music. His career declined as contemporary artists such as Garth Brooks and Clint Black rose on the country music charts. However he did continue to record and tour. In the 1990s, he recorded very little, in part because of the illness and subsequent death of his young son. After his son died, Rabbitt became active in raising money for organizations that aid sick children. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Clint Blacks Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962) is an American neotraditional country music singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actor. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... A son is a male offspring; a boy, man, or male animal in relation to either or both of his parents. ...


During his career, Rabbitt scored 26 #1 hits on the country charts and eight Top 40 pop hits. On May 7, 1998, Rabbitt died of lung cancer at the age of 56, and is interred in the Calvary Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... Calvary Cemetery is a fairly common name for a burial ground. ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: , Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ...


Discography

Singles

Year Title US Hot 100 US Country US AC Album
1974 "You Get To Me" 34 Eddie Rabbitt
1975 "Forgive and Forget" 12 Eddie Rabbitt
1975 "I Should Have Married You" 11 Eddie Rabbitt
1976 "Do You Right Tonight" 5 Rocky Mountain Music
1976 "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)" 1 Rocky Mountain Music
1976 "Rocky Mountain Music" 76 5 Rocky Mountain Music
1977 "Two Dollars in the Jukebox" 3 Rocky Mountain Music
1977 "I Can't Help Myself" 71 2 Rabbitt
1977 "We Can't Go on Living Like This" 6 Rabbitt
1978 "Hearts on Fire" 2 Variations
1978 "You Don't Love Me Anymore" 53 1 Variations
1978 "I Just Want to Love You" 1 Variations
1979 "Every Which Way But Loose" 30 1 The Best of Eddie Rabbitt
1979 "Pour Me Another Tequila" 5 Loveline
1979 "Suspicions" 13 1 Loveline
1980 "Gone too Far" 82 1 Loveline
1980 "Drivin' My Life Away" 5 1 3 Horizon
1981 "I Love a Rainy Night" 1 1 1 Horizon
1981 "Step By Step" 5 1 3 Step By Step
1981 "Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight" 15 1 10 Step By Step
1982 "I Don't Know Where To Start" 35 2 Step By Step
1982 "You and I" (with Crystal Gayle) 7 1 2 Radio Romance
1983 "You Can't Run From Love" 55 1 2 Radio Romance
1983 "You Put the Beat in My Heart" 81 10 15 Greatest Hits Vol. 2
1984 "Nothing Like Falling in Love" 10 Greatest Hits Vol. 2
1984 "B-B-B Burnin' Up With Love" 3 The Best Year of My Life
1985 "The Best Year of My Life" 1 The Best Year of My Life
1985 "Warning Sign" 4 The Best Year of My Life
1985 "She's Comin' Back to Say Goodbye" 6 The Best Year of My Life
1985 "A World Without Love" 10 Rabbitt Trax
1986 "Repetitive Regret" 4 Rabbitt Trax
1986 "Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)" (with Juice Newton) 1 Rabbitt Trax
1987 "Gotta Have You" 9 Rabbitt Trax
1988 "I Wanna Dance With You" 1 I Wanna Dance With You
1988 "The Wanderer" 1 I Wanna Dance With You
1988 "We Must Be Doing Something Right" 7 I Wanna Dance With You
1990 "On Second Thought" 1 Jersey Boy
1990 "Runnin' With the Wind" 8 Jersey Boy
1990 "It's Lonely Out Tonite" 32 Jersey Boy
1990 "American Boy" 11 Jersey Boy
1991 "Tennessee Born and Bred" 58 Jersey Boy
1991 "Hang Up the Phone" 50 Ten Rounds

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Selected Albums

Year Album
1975 Eddie Rabbitt
1976 Rocky Mountain Music
1977 Rabbitt
1978 Variations
1979 Loveline
1979 The Best
1980 Horizon
1981 Step by Step
1982 Radio Romance
1983 Greatest Hits
1984 The Best Years of My Life
1985 Number-Ones
1985 Rabbitt Trax
1987 I Wanna Dance With You
1989 Greatest Hits
1989 Country Store Collection
1990 Jersey Boy
1991 10 Years of Greatest Hits
1991 Ten Rounds
1991 All Time Greatest Hits
1997 Beatin' the Odds
2003 All American Country
2003 Essentials

Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Trivia

  • I Love A Rainy Night appeared on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack, playing on fictional country music station K-ROSE.

This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The soundtrack of the computer and video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which is set in 1992 at the West Coast state of San Andreas, required that the games radio stations reflect the music tastes of the time and area, in addition to covering current events in the...

External link

References

  • Goldsmith, Tommy. (1998). "Eddie Rabbitt". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kinsgbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 427-8.
  • LP at Discography.com
  • Wolff, Kurt. Country Music: The Rough Guide.

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