Released as a single on January 29, 1970, "Kentucky Rain" was one of the early hits in 70s for Elvis, though the song was not included on an album until the compilation package Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1 (LPM-6401); while the track does appear on the 2000 re-release of From Elvis in Memphis, it was not included on the original 1969 album. During Elvis' February 1970 engagement, he performed this at every show, introducing it as a new song "out about a week." Live versions are available on the box sets Elvis Aaron Presley and Live in Las Vegas. In the song the passionate singing of Elvis beautifully depicts an anxious lover in search of his lady love as he walks down through the Kentucky rain.