I chose 1981 music as my theme this year. My newest novel The Summer of Princess Diana is set in the summer of 1981, and oh! the music! Let’s take a look back at a pivotal time in the music industry.
Country music often crossed over to the pop charts, and here is a prime example. Eddie Rabbitt was a country singer and songwriter (he composed “Kentucky Rain” for Elvis Presley and “Pure Love” for Ronnie Milsap), and had hits with Juice Newton and Crystal Gayle.
“I Love a Rainy Night” was released late in 1980 but charted in early 1981, succeeding another country music star, Dolly Parton, whose “9 to 5” had hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop songs.
Here is Eddie Rabbitt, and his band, on the show “Solid Gold.” Yes, it’s all lip-synched.