Knowledge Identifier: +Eddie_Rabbitt
Born in 1941.
Countries: United States (75%), Tennessee (19%), Australia (6%)
Linked to: Pennsylvania State University, Capitol Records, San Jose Mercury News, Republican Party
His career began as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to a recording career after composing hits such as "Kentucky Rain" for Elvis Presley in 1970 and "Pure Love" for Ronnie Milsap in 1974
"Driving" recalled Rabbitt's truck-driving days, and was inspired by Bob Dylan's song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" from Dylan's 1965 album "Bringing It All Back Home"
Rabbitt became successful as a songwriter in 1969 when Elvis Presley recorded his song "Kentucky Rain"
During his Nashville, Tennessee days in the early 1970s, Rabbitt owned a pet monkey named Jojo
Rabbitt was a registered Republican and "with pleasure" gave permission to Senator Bob Dole to use his song "American Boy" during Dole's 1996 presidential campaign
Rabbitt held this record until it was shared with Garth Brooks at the debut of Brooks' 2005 single "Good Ride Cowboy
The record was broken in 2006 upon the No. 17 chart entrance of Keith Urban's "Once in a Lifetime