Day 59: I Love A Rainy Night

Song: “I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt
Reached #1: February 28, 1981 (his first, 2 weeks)

Live version — catch those awesome special effects!

In 1981, country music was crossing over to pop radio at a rate that wouldn’t be repeated until Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum turned up over the last couple of years.

One thing that hasn’t happened in the current country/pop resurgence was two straight country songs hitting #1 on the Billboard charts.  It hasn’t happened since “I Love A Rainy Night” followed Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” at #1, in fact. 

Of course, while Rabbitt has this as his only pop #1, he landed 17 #1 Country singles over his career – is this where I mention that the average stay at #1 on the Country charts is just over 1 week? – from 1976 through 1989.

Rabbitt said that the song actually sat in a drawer for 12 years before he found and finished it in 1980.   I wonder how many songwriters started rummaging through old furniture after those interviews.

If you’ve ever heard Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain”, you’ve actually heard Rabbitt at work – he co-wrote the song, which also featured a young Ronnie Milsap on piano.

There’s been one Leap Day #1 in the history of the Billboard charts – and it’s a mainstay on classic hits radio 20 years later.  See you tomorrow…

Other songs that reached #1 on February 28:
1970 –
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel (their third, 6 weeks)
1976 – “Theme From S.W.A.T.” by Rhythm Heritage (their first, 1 week)
1998 – “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion (her third, 2 weeks)
2004 – “Yeah!” by Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris (Usher’s fourth, 12 weeks)
2009 – “Right Round” by Flo Rida (his second, 6 weeks)

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