In 1997, Rabbitt signed with Intersound Records but was soon after diagnosed with lung cancer. Following a round of chemotherapy, he released the album Beatin' the Odds. Sadly, Rabbitt died on May 7, 1998, in Nashville from lung cancer at the age of 56.
Was the title song of the 1978 Clint Eastwood comedy. Although best known for uncompromising tough guy roles such as the cynical police inspector Dirty Harry, Eastwood could also play it for laughs. In this film, Eastwood plays Philo Beddoe, an easy-going trucker and a great fist-fighter. With two friends - Orville, who promotes prize-fights for him, and Clyde, an Orangutan he won on a bet - he roams the San Fernando Valley in search of cold beer, country music and the occasional punch-up. But he is literally floored by a dainty little country and western singer, who gives him the slip when she realizes he's getting too serious. Phil, Clyde and Orville set off in pursuit, pestered by a bunch of wacky bikers.
The title track was written over the phone in double quick time by Milton Brown, Steve Dorff and producer Snuff Garrett, even though they knew virtually nothing about the film. This appears to have been no obstacle at all because the team capture the spirit of the film's side plot, a romantic entanglement with a free spirited young woman who gets under Beddoe's skin. It was then that producer Garrett commenced his search for a suitable Country / Western singer to deliver the song, and Eddie Rabbitt got the gig.
|8 Track Release|
This post consists of MP3 (320kps) ripped from my recently acquired vinyl which was still in mint condition, even after 40+ years. I would like to say that I had found it on 8 Track format (see right), so typical of many Country & Western releases but not to be.
The associated Clint Eastwood movie was what introduced me to this talented artist and have since enjoyed listening to his music along with other Country music.
Album artwork is limited to the LP release and after unsuccessful searches for CD covers on the web, I suspect this particular best of collection has never been released on CD format.
01 Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind) 2:23
02 Rocky Mountain Music 3:33
03 Do You Right Tonight 2:30
04 Two Dollars In The Jukebox 2:22
05 I Can't Help Myself 3:10
06 We Can't Go On Living Like This 3:29
07 Hearts On Fire 2:34
08 You Don't Love Me Anymore 3:19
09 I Just Want To Love You 4:01
10 Every Which Way But Loose 2:48
Best of Eddie Rabbitt Link (75Mb)