Friday, May 18, 2012

Eddie Rabbitt - "You Can't Run From Love"

You Can't Run from Love - Number One Hits

(Debuted April 23, 1983, Peaked #55, 8 Weeks on the Chart)

Eddie Rabbitt enjoyed tremendous crossover success in the late 1970s and early '80s, even scoring a #1 on both charts with the song "I Love a Rainy Night" (which also hit #1 on the adult contemporary chart). While best known as a country artist, his road to Nashville took a few turns that most casual fans might not have expected. For starters, Rabbitt was a Brooklyn native and grew up in New Jersey, neither of which are places that are known to produce many artists who lean toward country. His reason for ending up in Nashville was more common: he arrived as a songwriter. His first break was a big one, though, Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain." He worked his craft through the 1970s, eventually crossing over late in the decade.

However, by 1983 most country/pop crossover artists were on their way out taste-wise, including Rabbitt. While "You Can't Run From Love" would become his twelfth #1 country single and contained hooks that would have worked a couple of years earlier, it would break a string of nine Top 40 pop singles that went back to 1979. He never made it back.

Sadly, Eddie Rabbitt died in 1998 from lung cancer.

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