|Single by Elvis Presley|
|B-side||"My Little Friend"|
|Released||January 29, 1970|
|Recorded||February 19, 1969|
|Studio||American Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Genre||Soft rock, Country rock, Pop|
|Songwriter(s)||Eddie Rabbitt, Dick Heard|
|Elvis Presley singles chronology|
"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). 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.
|Australian Go-Set Singles||7|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||10|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||4|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|UK Singles Chart||21|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||16|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||31|