Lizzie and the Rainman
|"Lizzie and the Rainman"|
|Single by Tanya Tucker|
|from the album Tanya Tucker|
|Released||April 26, 1975|
|Recorded||19 March 1975|
|Genre||Pop, Soft rock, C&W|
|Songwriter(s)||Larry Henley, Kenny O'Dell|
|Tanya Tucker singles chronology|
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.
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  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." 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 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.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||37|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||7|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||66|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
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- "Tanya Tucker – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tanya Tucker.
- "Tanya Tucker – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tanya Tucker.
- "Tanya Tucker – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Tanya Tucker.
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