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Eddie Rabbitt
Original name: Edward Thomas Rabbitt
Birth: Nov. 27, 1941
Death: May 7, 1998

Singer, Songwriter. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, he was one of the most innovative country artists of alltime. His recording career began in 1964 but he didn't establish himself until he moved to Nashville in 1968. His earliest success was as a songwriter. In 1970 Elvis Presley recorded his song "Kentucky Rain" and in 1974 Ronnie Milsap had his first number one country single with the Eddie Rabbitt composition "Pure Love". In 1975 he signed with Elektra Records and from 1976 to 1988 he had 33 consecutive Top 10 hits on the country charts, 16 of them reaching number 1. Many of those songs also crossed over onto the pop charts. Among his biggest crossover hits were "You And I"(a duet with Crystal Gayle), "Step By Step", "Drivin' My Life Away" (from the movie "Roadie" starring Meat Loaf), and "I Love A Rainy Night" which reached number 1 on both the pop and country charts. His biggest success on the country charts came in 1979 with the title song from the Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way But Loose". He continued recording sporadically in the 1990's but never matched his earlier success. In 1997 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and he died the following year in Nashville. His album "From The Heart" was issued posthumously. (bio by: Decal) 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Michael Rabbitt (1899 - 1990)
  Mae Joyce Rabbitt (1904 - 1998)
 
 Children:
  Timothy Edward Rabbitt (1983 - 1985)*
 
 Sibling:
  Eddie Rabbitt (1941 - 1998)
  John J. Rabbitt (1944 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Lung cancer
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.15006, -86.73824
 
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Record added: Jun 30, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5789
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Eddie, you're road manager Bill just passed. I know he missed you, and now you get to see each other again. I love you and I was friends with him even though we never really talked.
- val
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014

- Albertico
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