Rabbitt took a few years to pay attention to ‘Warning Sign’
This week in 1985: the United States announced plans to deploy nuclear arms in Canada, Iceland, Bermuda and Puerto Rico; Murray Hay don became the third person to receive an artificial heart; an Iberia Boeing jet crashed into a mountain in Spain, killing 142 people; and a singer from Brooklyn had his 28th hit record.
According to Eddie Rabbitt, he had the idea for his 1985 hit song “Warning Sign” in his head for three years before he started writing the song.
Eddie commented, “The idea was just there and I’d think about it ever so often—thinking I would write the song someday. One afternoon at the office—I told Even Stevens about the idea and that I thought we should work on the idea because I wanted to write it and it just seemed to have a nice feel about it. And he told me that the idea was OK but he wanted to work on something else. So I kept putting off working on the song. Well I finally mentioned the idea again and he still didn’t want to work on it. So I just went home and started writing the song. I was just tired of putting it off. I was finally ready to write the song. And later when I showed Even what I had written, he got kind of excited about and was ready to work on it. So we finished writing the song together. But I always believed in the song—in the idea.”
Eddie Rabbitt’s Warner Records single “Warning Sign” entered the country music charts Feb. 23, 1985, and peaked at No. 4. It was Eddie’s 28th charted song and was on the charts for 19 weeks.
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