Marvin Rainwater's star rose on
pad of Arthur Godfrey's talent scout show in 1955. Four years as a
on Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee as well as shows such as Ed Sullivan, Dick
Porter Wagoner and Sunday Night at the Palladium in London insures
wherever he goes.
He looks and sounds as if he had
stepped out of one of Jack London's adventure stories. He is a
powerfully built man with craggy good looks. The songs he sings range
from lusty to just plain touching. A veteran in the entertainment
field, from honky-tonk bars to TV and the London Palladium has given
Rainwater a backlog of stories and anecdotes that are highly amusing
He's appeared on Ed Sullivan's
Sunday night saga, was featured on Dick Clark's network TV offering and
was a regular on Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee on ABC Television for four
years. Marvin's rugged brand of musical feeling stems from a deep
desire to communicate the meaning of a song, rather than exercise the
simple process of hitting notes and reciting lyrics.
This attitude is also evident in
his approach to the songs he writes. The words are symbolic of a
definite feeling and the music matches the mood. His "Whole Lotta
Woman" was number one in England for six weeks, and a big hit
throughout Europe and Africa for an even
longer time. One of his best known numbers is "Gonna Find Me A
Bluebird." This still brings a rousing round of applause from the
audience wherever he
Versatility is Marvin's middle
name. He has played at County and State fairs, in dance halls,
conventions and night
clubs from coast to coast. His ability to adapt to the moods of an
is, in many cases, the difference between a Happy Crowd and a Bored
His constant desire to please
people coupled with his consistent ability to draw crowds is the reason
Marvin Rainwater continually makes money for promoters around the world.
Besides his own hits such as
Me A Bluebird", "Whole Lotta Woman", "Running Bear", "Half Breed,"
Moaning The Blues", "My Brand Of Blues," "The Albino Pink Eyed
Stallion," Henryetta, and City of Angels," Marvin has written many best
selling songs for other artists such as "Be Good To Her", for Carl
Smith "I Gotta Go Get My Baby" for Teresa Brewer and Justin Tubb.
Vanessa Redgrave, in the Academy
Award Winning Movie “Georgie Girl”, sang Marvin’s song “Whole Lotta
Woman”. He also
penned the hit "I Miss You Already" for Faron Young and Billy Joe Royal
that song into the Billboard Charts for over 28 exciting weeks!
Marvin's signature song "Gonna
a Bluebird" has been recorded hundreds of times. Artists like Eddy
Arnold, Slim Whitman, Bill Anderson, Hank Snow, Kitty Wells, Frank
Ifield, Joyce Hahn,
Billy Vaughn and Harlow Wilcox, to name but a few, have paid tribute to
by releasing it as album or single cut. Marvin's 'Gamblin Man" is
Punk Rocker Mike Ness' album 'Under the Influences".
Recently, Marvin has starred at
Rockabilly Festivals all over the world. Headlining such venues as The
Americana Festival in England, Viva Las Vegas, Green Bays Rockin 50’s
Fest, Hemsby, Rockers’ Reunion, Lyon, France, Rockabilly Fest and many
more throughout the USA and Europe.
Marvin has been inducted into the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame,
and the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame.
Marvin’s composition, “I Miss You
Already” was recently featured in the blockbuster movie, “ Walk the
Line”, the Johnny Cash bio film, which took the country by storm.
Marvin is scheduled to appear this
May 20, 2007 at the Worlds Largest Rockabilly Festival, Rockin’ 50’s
Fest, at The Oneida Casino in Green Bay Wisconsin.
Marvin Rainwater is affectionately
known as “The Rockabilly King”, and would certainly bring a bit of
musical royalty to your next entertainment event.