After a short illness, Marvin Rainwater, country and rockabilly singer and songwriter, passed away on September 17, 2013. Rainwater will be remembered for several major hits during the late 1950s.
He was born Marvin Karlton Rainwater on July 2, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas. After World War II he became fascinated with Roy Acuff and started writing songs and playing music. In May 1955 he got his big break when he won first place on Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts show. Since 1955, he was a regular on the Ozark Jubilee TV show for several years, and he signed with MGM Records. “Hot And Cold” was one of the great rockabilly sides he recorded for the label.
During the late 1950s, he became one of the first country music artists to cross over into the pop market with tunes like “Gonna Find Me a Bluebird” which sold more than one million copies, followed by a duet with Connie Francis, “The Majesty Of Love”, another million-selling hit record. Songs like “Whole Lotta Woman”, “I Dig You Baby”, and “Nothin’ Needs Nothin’ (Like I Need You)” made him popular in England. More million sellers like “My Love Is Real”, “My Brand Of Blues” and “Half Breed” followed in 1959. When his voice began to give out, Rainwater disappeared in retirement, only to reappear, soon. He continued to record for various US and European record labels and has occasionally appeared on European rockabilly festivals.