Kentucky Rain

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"Kentucky Rain"
Elvis Presley Kentucky Rain PS.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side"My Little Friend"
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1970
RecordedFebruary 19, 1969
StudioAmerican Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
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 and recorded by Elvis Presley. It was recorded at American Sound Studio and features then session pianist Ronnie Milsap.[1] Other musicians on the record include Bobby Wood on piano, Bobby Emmons on organ, Reggie Young on guitar, Tommy Cogbill on bass and Gene Chrisman on drums.[2] The song and session was produced by Felton Jarvis (RCA-Victor) and Chips Moman (American Sound Studio of Memphis). It was certified Gold by the RIAA, signifying United States sales of more than a million copies. Songwriter Eddie Rabbitt released his own version of the song in 1978.


"Kentucky Rain" was 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 decade’s first hits for Presley. Its first appearance on an album was in the August 1970 compilation package Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1 (LPM-6401). While the track does appear on the 2000 rerelease 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 #12 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached #6 in Canada, #21 in the UK, and #7 in Australia.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
Australian Go-Set Singles[4] 7
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 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. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ "Elvis Presley Recording Sessions". Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Go-Set Australian Charts - 23 May 1970". Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Kentucky Rain". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.

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