Australian charts: 1970
Kentucky Rain was written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard, and first recorded by Elvis Presley.
The lyrics tell the story of an anxious lover as he walks and drives through the “cold Kentucky rain” in search of his missing love.
This features Ronnie Milsap on piano (he recalled Presley telling him, “More thunder on the piano, Milsap!”). Eddie Rabbitt went on to write the hit “Pure Love” for Milsap in 1974. Having earned a reputation as one of Nashville’s hottest young songwriters, Rabbitt successfully embarked on his own recording career a couple years later, rounding out the decade with five albums, three of them landing in the Top 10 on the country chart.
Kentucky Rain peaked at no 7 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in May 1970.
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