I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbit

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………………on February 28th of 1981 country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US number one hit with “I Love a Rainy Night”. It made #53 in the UK. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash “Kentucky Rain” before having a number five hit with “Drivin’ My Life Away”. Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt. He first got the idea for the song in the ’60s when he was sitting in his small apartment on a rainy night. He sang, “I love a rainy night, I love a rainy night” into a tape recorder, but didn’t complete the song until 1980, when he discovered the tape in his basement. He finished the song with the help of fellow songwriters Even Stevens and David Malloy. The song was released in November of ’80 as the second single from his album “Horizon”. The song succeeded Dolly Parton’s song “9 to 5” at the number 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart – the last time, to date, that the pop chart featured back-to-back country singles in the number one position. On Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, the song was his eighth out of 17 career chart toppers, spanning from 1976 through 1990.