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Eddie Rabbitt

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One of country music's most innovative artists during the late '70s and early '80s, Eddie Rabbitt has made contributions to the format that have often gone overlooked. Especially in songs like the R&B-inflected "Suspicions" and the rockin' "Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight," Rabbitt challenged the commonly recognized creative boundaries of the idiom. Hailing from Brooklyn and New Jersey, Rabbitt moved to Nashville in 1968. Though it took a few years to get his recording career off the ground, he paid the rent through songwriting, authoring Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain" and Ronnie Milsap's "Pure Love." Eddie continued to write professionally until 1975, when he signed with Elektra Records' newly established country division. Initially, Rabbitt made recordings that were decidedly country -- mostly uptempo material, like "Two Dollars in the Jukebox" and "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)" -- with thick, inimitable harmonies, most of them overdubbed by Rabbitt himself. However, with the assistance of his then-associates David Malloy and Even Stevens, Rabbitt's records became "progressively progressive." In 1976, he started a string of Top Ten hits that ran uninterrupted until 1989. During that time, he had 16 number one singles, including "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)" (1976), "You Don't Love Me Anymore" (1978), "Every Which Way But Loose" (1979), "Drivin' My Life Away" (1980), "I Love a Rainy Night" (1980), "Step by Step" (1980), and "You and I," a 1982 duet with Crystal Gayle. In the late '80s he returned to more traditional sounds, as his country shuffle "On Second Thought" demonstrates, but it was too late for Rabbitt to return to the top of the country charts, since he had already been supplanted by a newer generation of artists. The terminal kidney ailment of his son also factored in his decision to only sporadically record and perform during the '90s. In 1997, Rabbitt was diagnosed with lung cancer; the disease claimed his life on May 7, 1998. The LP From the Heart was issued posthumously. ~ Tom Roland
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Albums by
Eddie Rabbitt

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    Horizon

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    Rocky Mountain Music

    12 songs

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    Beatin' the Odds

    10 songs

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    Radio Romance

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    Jersey Boy

    10 songs

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    Loveline

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    Variations

    10 songs

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    Rabbitt

    11 songs

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    Best of Eddie Rabbitt [Capitol]

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Eddie Rabbit

    17 songs

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    Number One Hits

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    Greatest Hits [Collectables]

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    The Very Best of Eddie Rabbitt

    12 songs

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    Original Artist Hit List

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    All Time Greatest Hits

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    Against All Odds: The Last Recordings

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    Greatest Hits [EMI]

    15 songs

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    Every Which Way But Loose

    17 songs

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    Songs from Rabbittland

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    Ten Rounds

    10 songs

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    Step by Step

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    Rabbitt Trax

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    Step by Step

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    Eddie Rabbitt

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Top Songs by
Eddie Rabbitt

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  2.   Drivin' My Life Away
  3.   I Love a Rainy Night
  4.   You and I
  5.   Suspicions
  6.   Step by Step
  7.   Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight
  8.   Pour Me Another Tequila
  9.   B-B-B-Burnin' up With Love
  10.   Gone Too Far
  11.   You Can't Run from Love
  12.   Two Dollars in the Jukebox
  13.   Rocky Mountain Music
  14.   Every Which Way But Loose
  15.   On Second Thought
  16.   The Wanderer
  17.   Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)
  18.   She's Comin' Back to Say Goodbye
  19.   Warning Sign
  20.   The Best Year of My Life
  21.   You Don't Love Me Anymore
  22.   You and I
  23.   Hearts on Fire
  24.   Is There a Country Song on the Jukebox
  25.   Is There a Country Song on the Jukebox?
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Eddie Rabbitt

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    Classic Country

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    77 Greatest Country Duets

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    '80s #1 Hits

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    Kids Classic Hits

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    '70s Hits

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    The Country Vault

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    '70s Deep Dive


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