Eddie Rabbitt (Edward Thomas Rabbitt)
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BiographyBrooklyn, New York, USA
Country singer, songwriter, and guitarist Edward Thomas Rabbitt was born on November 27, 1941 to Irish immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbitt was raised in East Orange, New Jersey. Eddie recorded songs for the labels 20th Century Records and Columbia Records in the 1960's. In 1968 Rabbitt moved to Nashville, Tennessee and initially established himself in the country music scene as a songwriter (he penned both Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain" and Ronnie Milsap's "Pure Love"). He began recording his own songs in 1974 for the label Elektra Records. Read more... Me" that same year. In 1976 Rabbitt had his first #1 country hit with "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)." Eddie went on to enjoy a steady succession of 26 #1 country hits from 1976 to 1989. His most popular and successful songs include such terrific tunes as "You Don't Love Me Anymore," "Every Which Way But Loose," "Drivin' My Life Away," "I Love a Rainy Night," "Step by Step," "You and I" (a lovely duet with Crystal Gayle), "The Best Year of My Life," "I Wanna Dance With You," and "On Second Thought." Moreover, a sizable number of these songs were substantial crossover hits on the Billboard pop radio charts. Although his career waned in the 1980's, Rabbitt nonetheless still continued to record albums and perform in concert throughout that particular decade. Following the tragic untimely death of his infant son Timmy in 1985, Eddie became active in raising money for organizations that aid sick children: He not only served as honorary chairman of the American Council on Transplantation, but also was a celebrity spokesman for both the Muscular Dystrophy Association and United Cerebral Palsy. Eddie Rabbitt died of lung cancer at age 56 on May 7, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee.