Monday, January 20, 2014

"Step By Step" by Eddie Rabbitt

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0688
Date:  07/25/1981
Debut:  65
Peak:  5
Weeks:  22
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Rabbitt's previous album "Horizons" yielded two pop Top 10's including the #1 "I Love a Rainy Night." His success continued with the LP "Step By Step" with this first title-track single reaching the pop Top 10. It became his ninth #1 country single and the album also reached #1 at country. Although not quite as successful as "Horizons," the album reached gold level. It would be his last to do so and also his final #1 country album. The song would earn Rabbitt a Grammy nod for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male.

ReduxReview:  This midtempo tune continues Rabbitt's streak of quality pop/country songs. Both "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Drivin' My Life Away" kind of hog the spotlight in his hits catalog while this one tends to get overlooked. It's unfortunate because it's in the same league as the others.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  During his early days as a Nashville songwriter, Rabbitt owned a pet monkey named Jo-Jo. Apparently Jo-Jo liked the country show "Hee-Haw" and would go crazy whenever it was about to come on and then sit and watch it. Friends would come over on a Saturday night just to watch the show and the monkey. Rabbitt had the monkey for a 6-year period.


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