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
StudioAmerican Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
GenreSoft rock, Country rock, Pop
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" is a 1970 song written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard. It was recorded at American Sound Studio and the backing musicians included pianist Ronnie Milsap. The song and session was produced by Felton Jarvis (RCA-Victor) and Chips Moman (American Sound Studio of Memphis). Songwriter Eddie Rabbitt released his own version of the song in 1978.


First recorded by Elvis Presley. The single peaked at #16 on the Billboard pop singles chart. Released as a single on January 29, 1970, featuring "My Little Friend" as the B side, "Kentucky Rain" was one of the early hits in the 1970s for Elvis Presley, though the song was not included on an album until the compilation package Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1 (LPM-6401).[1] 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 Presley‘s 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 is included on the CD 'Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra "The Wonder of You" (2016).

It was published by Elvis Presley Music, Inc. and S-P-R Music Corporation.

The lyrics tell the story of an anxious lover as he walks and drives through the "cold Kentucky rain" in search of his missing love. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in March, 1992.


The single peaked at #16 on Billboard in a nine-week chart run. The single reached #6 in Canada, #21 in the UK, #7 on the Go-Set chart in Australia, and #12 on the Record World chart in the U.S.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
Australian Go-Set Singles[3] 7
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 14
UK Singles Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 31


  1. ^ Kentucky Rain/My Little Friend.45cat.
  2. ^ Song artist 2 - Elvis Presley.tsort.
  3. ^ "Go-Set Australian Charts - 23 May 1970".
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Kentucky Rain". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.

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