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FLASHBACK: FEB, 10th 1979

Rabbitt Hops To The Top

Long before Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and other current stars found crossover fortune, Eddie Rabbitt made the leap.

The dark-haired, handsome singer put his stamp on both the pop and country charts in 1979 with his theme song from the Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way But Loose."

The song landed at No. 1 on the country charts on Feb. 10, 1979, and reached No. 30 in pop.

"Every Which Way But Loose" paved the way for Eddie's future crossover hits like "I Love A Rainy Night" and "Drivin' My Life Away." But walking the pop-country line was never Eddie's intention. "I wanted to do country music. That's all I ever did as a kid," explained Eddie.

"It just so happened that the kind of music I was making in country music crossed over to the pop charts. I found my own little niche."

Eddie kept the hits rolling through the 1980s with such No. 1s as "The Wanderer" and "On Second Thought." Sadly, the talented singer/songwriter died of cancer, May 7, 1988, at the age of 56.