Elvis Presley: A Future Star Played Piano on ‘Kentucky Rain’ Because There Was Nobody Else in the Studio to Do It

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“Kentucky Rain” is one of Elvis Presley’s most famous country songs. The future star played the piano on the track. During an interview, the star revealed what it was like to watch the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll perform “Kentucky Rain” in the studio.

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Country music was a major influence on Elvis in his early years. In the 1960s, he left behind his original sound and started making pop music. in his book elvis and me, Priscilla Presley wrote that the revival of the country style caused Elvis to return to the late stages of his career.

Apparently, country singers started working with Elvis. For example, country star Eddie Rabbit co-wrote the singer’s classic ballad “Kentucky Rain”. Despite that, a different country singer played the piano on the song.


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How a country star felt when she saw Elvis Presley perform ‘Kentucky Rain’

Ronnie Milsap is a country singer who made it big with songs like “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smokey Mountain Rain,” “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me.” At the time King of Rock ‘n’ Roll released “Kentucky Rain”, Milsap had no hits to his name. during an interview with goldmine magazine, he told how he came to play the piano on “Kentucky Rain”.

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“That session with Elvis for ‘Kentucky Rain’ came because there was no one else playing the piano,” Milsap recalled. “It happened because there was no one else there to do it in the American studio that night. Chips Moman, who was running that studio and producing the Elvis sessions, said, ‘Ronnie Milsap is in the building here, Bring him in.'”

Ronnie Milsap | Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Milsap’s introduction to the “Can’t Help Falling in Love” singer was brief. “[Moman] Introduced me to Elvis. ‘Elvis, this is Ronnie Milsap.’ And that was about it. Milsap was still astonished when he saw the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll singing the song.

“I played on that record and sang on that record as well,” Milsap recalled. “I played the grand piano on ‘Kentucky Rain’ while Elvis was cutting his vocal live. It was just incredible. To learn that Elvis had decided to come back to Memphis and make a record. His producer, Felton Jarvis, did it. and was partnering with Chips Moman, who ran the American studio in Memphis.

How the world reacted to ‘Kentucky Rain’

“Kentucky Rain” became one of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most famous late-period hits. reached number 16 on the track billboard hot 100, staying on the charts for nine weeks. Originally, they released “Kentucky Rain” as a standalone single; However, it later appeared on the compilation album Elvis: 2 to none. It peaked at number 3 on the album. billboard 200, lived on chat for 16 weeks.

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“Kentucky Rain” was a more modest hit in the United Kingdom. official chart company Report “Kentucky Rain” peaked at number 21 in the UK, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. During this, Elvis: second to none It peaked at number 4 in the UK, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain” impressed Milsap—and it went on to impress an international audience, too.

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