Kentucky Rain

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"Kentucky Rain"
Kentucky Rain single.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side"My Little Friend"
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1970
Format7" single
RecordedFebruary 19, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
GenreSoft rock
LabelRCA 9791
Songwriter(s)Eddie Rabbitt, Dick Heard
Producer(s)Chips Moman
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Don't Cry Daddy"
"Kentucky Rain"
"The Wonder of You"

"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 #16 on the pop charts. It was recorded at American Sound Studio.

Released as a single on January 29, 1970, "Kentucky Rain" was one of the early hits in the 1970s for Presley, 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 Presleys' February 1970 engagement, he performed it some sixteen times, 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.

The song depicts an anxious lover as he walks and drives through the "cold Kentucky rain" in search of his missing love.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Ireland (IRMA)[1] 14
UK Singles Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 31

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