Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Drivin' My Life Away" by Eddie Rabbitt

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0218
Date:  06/21/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  5
Weeks:  25
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Although he had already accumulated six #1 country hits, pop chart success still eluded him. His only Top 20 hit was the previous year's "Suspicions" (#13). But this song would change it all for him. Suddenly overnight, Rabbitt seemed to go from country star to crossover superstar. His album "Horizon" would be his biggest hit and this lead single (his seventh country #1) paved the way. The song was also featured in the film and on the soundtrack to the 1980 film "Roadie."

ReduxReview:  This is a big rig truck drivin' song. And a good one. You can practically feel the highway under your wheels, the bounce of the road, smell the grease at the diner, and look down the long strange road ahead. Honk! Honk! Get outta my damn way...

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Rabbitt drew inspiration for the song from his early lean-years when he was starting in music and worked as a truck driver around Nashville. The song got Rabbitt Grammy nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance.


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