Eddie Rabbitt

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Eddie Rabbitt

American singer-songwriter and musician add

Category: Music

Born in 1941.

Countries: United States (75%), Tennessee (19%), Australia (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Elvis Presley, Roy Drusky, Bob Dole

Linked to: Pennsylvania State University, Capitol Records, San Jose Mercury News, Republican Party




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Eddie Rabbitt was born in 1941 add something


Although he was widely believed to have been born in 1944 , it was revealed at the time of his death that he died aged 56 add something


Rabbitt remarked that he liked "a lot of the old Memphis sounds that came out of Sun Records" during the 1950s, and that he "wanted to catch the magic of a live band add something


Rabbitt was employed as a mental hospital attendant in the late 1950s but, like his father, he fulfilled his love of music by performing at the Six Steps Down club in his hometown add something


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 add something


Rabbitt developed "Rainy Night" from a song fragment that he penned during a 1960s thunderstorm add something


When Rabbitt arrived in Nashville, Tennessee during the late 1960s, a friend gave him a pet chicken add something


"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" add something


Rabbitt became successful as a songwriter in 1969 when Elvis Presley recorded his song "Kentucky Rain" add something


During his Nashville, Tennessee days in the early 1970s, Rabbitt owned a pet monkey named Jojo add something


Later in the 1970s, Rabbitt helped to develop the crossover-influenced sound of country music prevalent in the 1980s with such hits as "Suspicions" and "Every Which Way but Loose add something


His first single under that label, "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 add something


Rabbitt signed with Elektra Records in 1975 add something


These three songs along with a recording of "Pure Love" were included on Rabbitt's self-named debut album in 1975 add something


In 1976 his critically acclaimed "Rocky Mountain Music" album was released, which handed Rabbitt his first No. 1 Country hit with the track "Drinkin' My Baby " add something


Also in 1977 the Academy of Country Music named Rabbitt "Top New Male Vocalist of the Year" add something


In 1977 his third album, "Rabbitt" was released, which made the Top 5 on country album charts add something


"Eddie Rabbitt Made Breaks on His Own," "The Spokesman-Review", 5 February 1977 To support himself, Rabbitt worked as a truck driver, soda jerk and fruit picker while in Nashville, Tennessee add something


Legro, Ron. "Two Country Charmers," "Milwaukee Sentinel", 12 August 1977 he penned "Pure Love", which Ronnie Milsap rode to No. 1 in 1974 add something


The album produced Rabbitt's first cross-over single of his career, "Every Which Way But Loose", which topped country charts and reached the top 30 on both the Billboard 100 and Adult Contemporary, and was featured in a 1978 Clint Eastwood movie of the same name add something


While he was still relatively unknown, Rabbitt toured with and opened for crossover star Kenny Rogers, and opened for Dolly Parton on a number of dates during her 1978 tour, but soon Rabbitt would himself break through on other charts add something


"Rogers provides memorable show," "The Spokesman-Review", 20 July 1978 Following the 1978 release of "Variations", which included two more No. 1 hits, Rabbitt released his first compilation album, "The Best of Eddie Rabbitt" add something


"Eddie Rabbitt's hit tells of unknown mountains," "Wilmington Morning Star", 22 July 1978 add something


During the 1980s, Rabbitt moved further from crossover-styled music add something


The release of his 1981 "Step by Step" album continued Rabbitt's cross-over success as all three singles reached the top 10 on both country and adult contemporary charts add something


"Miss Newton and Rabbitt wow all ages," "Milwaukee Sentinel", 29 June 1981 add something


"Rabbitt hops into Eisenhower Saturday," Penn State University, 23 September 1981 During his childhood Rabbitt became a self-proclaimed "walking encyclopedia of country music" add something


"Rabbitt's success long awaited," Penn State University, 28 September 1981 During his first night in the town, Rabbitt wrote "Working My Way Up to the Bottom", which Roy Drusky recorded in 1968 add something


The song "You Put the Beat in My Heart" from Rabbitt's second "Greatest Hits" compilation in 1983 was his final crossover hit, reaching No. 15 on the Adult Contemporary chart add something


His 1984 album "The Best Year of My Life" produced one No. 1 country hit and three more top 10 country hits, but none of these met any crossover success add something


The condition required a liver transplant for survival and the child was slated to undergo one in 1985 but the attempt failed and he died add something


The illness and subsequent death of his son put his career on hold following the 1985 RCA Records release "Rabbitt Trax", which included the No. 1 "Both to Each Other ", a duet with country-pop star Juice Newton add something


"Country Vet Rabbitt Dies," "Billboard Magazine", 23 May 1989 add something


During the early 1990s, Rabbitt voiced criticism of hip hop music, particularly rap, which he said was sending a negative message to youths add something


Rabbitt released "Ten Rounds" in 1991, which produced the final charting single of his career, "Hang Up the Phone add something


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 add something


In 1997 Rabbitt signed with Intersound Records but was soon after diagnosed with lung cancer add something


He had been diagnosed with the disease in March 1997 and had received radiation treatment and surgery to remove part of one lung add something

Eddie Rabbitt died in 1998 add something


On 7 May 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee , Eddie Rabbitt died from lung cancer at the age of 56 add something


SESAC, Hall of Fame honor songwriters, "Billboard Magazine", 3 October 1998 add something


MacMillan, 2000 In 1964, he signed his first record deal with 20th Century Records and released the singles, "Next to the Note" and "Six Nights and Seven Days" add something


Rabbitt held this record until it was shared with Garth Brooks at the debut of Brooks' 2005 single "Good Ride Cowboy add something


The record was broken in 2006 upon the No. 17 chart entrance of Keith Urban's "Once in a Lifetime add something


You and I (Lady Gaga song) - In November 15, 2011, comedy-drama musical TV series "Glee" featured a mash-up of Gaga's "You and I" and Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle's "You and I" in episode "Mash Off", performed by Matthew Morrison and Idina Menzel