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Marvin Rainwater’s star rose on the launching pad of Arthur Godfrey’s talent scout show in 1955. Four years as a regular on Red Foley’s Ozark Jubilee as well as shows such as Ed Sullivan, Dick Clark, Porter Wagoner and Sunday Night at the Palladium in London insures recognition 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 and entertaining.
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 sings it.
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 audience is, in many cases, the difference between a Happy Crowd and a Bored Crowd.
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 “Gonna Fine 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 took that song into the Billboard Charts for over 28 exciting weeks!
Marvin’s signature song “Gonna Find Me 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 Marvin by releasing it as album or single cut. Marvin’s ‘Gamblin Man” is on 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.