Primary Wave Music has acquired a stake in the music publishing catalog of award-winning singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbitt.
Throughout his prolific career, Rabbitt co-wrote a dozen No. 1 hits with all 12 of his songs earning BMI’s Million-Air status. Of the songs included in the deal are some of Rabbitt’s most notable compositions, such as the No. 1 crossover hit “I Love A Rainy Night,” and the top 10, Grammy-nominated song “Drivin’ My Life Away.”
“Eddie Rabbitt’s music has left a lasting impression in the Country Music community and beyond. We are thrilled to welcome the catalog of such an iconic performer and songwriter,” says Lexi Todd, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Primary Wave Music.
Rabbitt began his career as a songwriter in the late 1960s, composing such hits as “Kentucky Rain” for Elvis Presley in 1970 and “Pure Love” for Ronnie Milsap in 1974. Later in the ’70s, Rabbitt helped to develop the crossover-influenced sound of country music prevalent in the ’80s with such hits as “Suspicions,” “I Love a Rainy Night” and “Every Which Way but Loose,” the theme from the film of the same title.
In 1977, the Academy of Country Music named Rabbitt its Top New Male Vocalist of the Year, and he received the BMI Burton Song of the Year award in 1980 for “Suspicions,” a song he penned with longtime writing partners David Malloy and Even Stevens.
Rabbitt died in 1998 of lung cancer and was inducted into that Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that year.
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