Monday, November 26, 2012

"Gone Too Far" by Eddie Rabbitt

Song#:  0153
Date:  05/03/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  82
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Country Crossover



Pop Bits:  Although firmly based in country music, Rabbitt was one of the prime players in the 70s and 80s country crossover boom. Having toiled around Nashville as a stock songwriter and performer, he got his big solo break in 1974 with a self-titled debut that landed him three country chart songs. By the time he issued his first "best of" album in 1979 he already had four #4 country hits and got his first major pop hit with "Every Which Way But Loose" (#30). His next album pushed him further with its lead song "Suspicions" hitting #13. This third single from the album was a blip on the pop chart, but was his sixth #1 country hit.

ReduxReview:  This chuggin' tune is pretty nice. It is not outstanding or as memorable when compared to some of Rabbitt's big pop hits, but its a pleasant, well-written song that kinda makes you wanna bop right along. It's a little bit of pop/country sunshine with some tasty guitar as well.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Rabbitt's first big break came in 1970 when his co-written tune "Kentucky Rain" was recorded by Elvis Presley (#16). A then-unknown Ronnie Milsap played piano on the song. Milsap would soon go on to his own successful career and had his first #1 country hit with the Rabbitt-written "Pure Love" in 1974.

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