Lizzie and the Rainman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Lizzie and the Rainman"
Lizzie and the Rainman.jpg
Single by Tanya Tucker
from the album Tanya Tucker
B-side "Traveling Salesman"
Released April 26, 1975
Format 7" single
Recorded 19 March 1975
Genre Pop, Soft rock, C&W
Length 3:05
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Larry Henley, Kenny O'Dell
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Tanya Tucker singles chronology
"I Believe the South is Gonna Rise Again"
(1974)
"Lizzie and the Rainman"
(1975)
"Spring"
(1975)
"I Believe the South is Gonna Rise Again"
(1974)
"Lizzie and the Rainman"
(1975)
"Spring"
(1975)

""Lizzie and the Rainman" is as song written by Kenny O'Dell and Larry Henley which was a #1 C&W hit for Tanya Tucker in 1975.

A narrative song as was typical for the first phase of Tucker's career, "Lizzie and the Rainman" relates how a rainmaker visiting a drought-sticken Texas town woos a skeptical local woman named Lizzie Cooper . The idea for the song came from the film The Rainmaker whose heroine is named Lizzie Curry.[1]

Written in 1971, "Lizzie and the Rainman" had been recorded in 1972 by Bobby Goldsboro, Alex Harvey (composer of Tucker's breakout hit "Delta Dawn") and by the Hollies (as "Lizzy and the Rainman") on their album "Romany" in November 1972, as well as Kenny O'Dell himself, who had an unsuccessful single release of "Lizzie and the Rainman".

Tanya Tucker recorded her vocal for "Lizzie and the Rainman" in a 19 March 1975 session [1] in Los Angeles produced by Snuff Garrett; Tucker would recall: "the recording was so impersonal. I was used to recording live with all the musicians in the studio, and I just sang to the tracks on this one."[1] Released as the lead single from the album Tanya Tucker - which marked Tucker's MCA Records debut - "Lizzie and the Rainman" was Tucker's fourth C&W #1[2] and was also the first Tanya Tucker's single to reach the Pop Top 40 reaching #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1975. A #7 A/C hit, "Lizzie and the Rainman" would prove to be Tucker's only Pop hit despite her later recording material more specifically aimed at the Pop market; her one subsequent Hot 100 item "Here's Some Love" peaked at #82.[3]

"Lizzie and the Rainman" has also been recorded by Billie Jo Spears and - as "Lizzy and the Rainman" - by the Cox Family.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 37
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 66
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ron Hoysted/ Big Pond Hosting". Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 357. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 644. 
  4. ^ "Tanya Tucker – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tanya Tucker.
  5. ^ "Tanya Tucker – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tanya Tucker.
  6. ^ "Tanya Tucker – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Tanya Tucker.
Preceded by
"Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home"
by T. G. Sheppard
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 5, 1975
Succeeded by
"Movin' On"
by Merle Haggard
Preceded by
"You're My Best Friend"
by Don Williams
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 5, 1975
Succeeded by
"Reconsider Me"
by Narvel Felts