Kentucky Rain

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"Kentucky Rain"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "My Little Friend"
Released January 29, 1970
Format 7" single
Recorded February 19, 1969
Genre Country, Adult contemporary
Length 3:20
Label RCA 9791
Writer(s) Eddie Rabbitt, Dick Heard
Producer(s) Chips Moman
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Rubberneckin'"
(1969)
"Kentucky Rain"
(1970)
"My Little Friend"
(1970)

"Kentucky Rain" was a 1970 hit song for Elvis Presley. Featuring pianist Ronnie Milsap and written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard, the single peaked at number 16 on the pop charts.

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.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 31
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

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Preceded by
"Tennessee Bird Walk"
by Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 18, 1970
Succeeded by
"My Woman My Woman My Wife"
by Marty Robbins