Brooklyn-born, New Jersey-raised country singer/songwriter Eddie Rabbitt made his way to Nashville in the late 1960s, where he began making inroads as a writer, penning the 1970 hit "Kentucky Rain" for Elvis Presley. His own recording career began in 1974, and he found success on the country charts from the beginning, with his very first single, "You Get to Me." The hits kept coming through the '70s, but Rabbitt's commercial peak came in the '80s with country/pop crossover smashes like "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Drivin' My Life Away," as well as duets with Crystal Gayle and (fellow Jerseyite) Juice Newton. Rabbitt, only 56 years old, died of lung cancer in 1988.
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