Eddy Raven Biography

Edward Garvin Futch, 19 August 1944, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Futch, one of 11 children, was raised in bayou country. His father, a truck driver and blues guitarist, used to take him to honky tonks. He was given a guitar, and by the time he was 13 years old, he was playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band. When the family moved to Georgia in 1960, he worked for a radio station and recorded his own song, ‘Once A Fool’, as Eddy Raven for the small Cosmo label. They returned to Lafayette in 1963 and Raven worked in La Louisianne record store and also made singles for the owner’s label. In 1969 he recorded That Crazy Cajun Sound, which impressed Jimmy C. Newman, who then secured Raven a songwriting contract in Nashville with Acuff-Rose. He also worked as lead singer for Jimmie Davis’ band and toured with him during an election campaign for Governor of Louisiana.

In 1971 Don Gibson had a Top 5 US country hit with Raven’s ‘Country Green’, which was followed by Jeannie C. Riley’s ‘Good Morning, Country Rain’. He also wrote ‘Back In The Country’ (Roy Acuff), ‘Sometimes I Talk In My Sleep’ (Randy Cornor) and ‘Touch The Morning’ (Don Gibson). He had his first US country chart entry with ‘The Last Of The Sunshine Cowboys’ in 1974 for ABC Records and then recorded for Monument Records (‘You’re A Dancer’) and Dimension (‘Sweet Mother Texas’, ‘Dealin’ With The Devil’). He had four country hits from his Elektra Records album, Desperate Dreams, including ‘Who Do You Know In California?’ and ‘She’s Playing Hard To Forget’. A second album for Elektra was never released and Raven spent two years resolving management problems. He wrote a Top 5 country record for the Oak Ridge Boys, ‘Thank God For Kids’. He came back on RCA Records in 1984 with the escapist theme of ‘I Got Mexico’, a style he returned to in 1988 for ‘Joe Knows How To Live’. He followed it with other hits, including ‘I Could Use Another You’, ‘Shine Shine Shine’ and ‘You’re Never Too Old For Young Love’. He went to number 1 with a bluesy song written by Dennis Linde and first recorded by Billy Swan, ‘I’m Gonna Get You’. Linde also wrote his 1989 number 1, ‘In A Letter To You’, for the new Universal label. That year he also returned to the Cajun sounds of his youth for ‘Bayou Boys’, in a mixture he described as ‘electric Cajun’. In 1991 he recorded for the ninth label of his career, Capitol Records. He struggled to secure record deals in the 90s, but released an impressive album with Jo-el Sonnier in 1997.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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