Edward Garvin Futch (born August 19, 1944, in Lafayette, Louisiana) is an American country music artist known professionally as Eddy Raven. Known for his Cajun-influenced country music, Raven has been a recording artist since 1962. He has charted more than thirty-five singles in his career, including the Number One hits "I Got Mexico", "Shine, Shine, Shine", "I'm Gonna Get You", "Joe Knows How to Live", "In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys", as well as several more Top Ten hits, including seventeen consecutive Top Tens between 1984 and 1990.
1981 saw the release of Raven's breakthrough album for Elektra Records, Desperate Dreams. This album accounted for four singles, including his first Top Ten, "She's Playing Hard to Forget." Due to management issues, however, he left Elektra after only one album and switched to RCA Records.
Raven had his first Number One country hit in 1984 with "I Got Mexico", the first single from his RCA debut I Could Use Another You. This album also produced consecutive No. 9 hits in its title track and "She's Gonna Win Your Heart." Continuing his streak of hit singles was 1985's Love & Other Hard Times, which also accounted for three more Top Ten hits. Right Hand Man followed in 1985, producing his second No. 1 in "Shine, Shine, Shine" in 1987. His final RCA album, The Best of Eddy Raven, accounted for two more Number Ones in "I'm Gonna Get You" and "Joe Knows How to Live" before he exited the label.
In 1989, he switched to Universal, with Temporary Sanity being released in 1989. Its first two singles ("In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys") both topped the charts. In 1990, Universal merged into Capitol Nashville. Temporary Sanity was re-released on Capitol Nashville followed by two more top ten songs (the No. 6 "Sooner or Later" and No. 10 "Island"). After it came "Zydeco Lady" which stopped at No. 56. Another album for Capitol Nashville, Right for the Flight, produced two charted singles, "Rock Me In The Rhythm Of Your Love" and "Two Much Candy For A Dime". Raven left the label after its release.
He continued to record for independent labels throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, including a guest appearance alongside Jo-El Sonnier on The Bellamy Brothers' "Catahoula" and the 2001 single from his Living In Black And White release (RMG), "Cowboys Don't Cry" which spent one week at No. 60. In 2007, Raven could be found again on Joe Rucker's Untangle My Mind album on the song "Bermuda Shorts". According to his web site, Raven is still performing concert dates.
Eddy Raven has written songs for a wide range of rock and country recording artists, including Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Roy Orbison, George Jones, Toby Keith, Waylon Jennings, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Heather Myles, Brenda Lee, Don Gibson, Faron Young, Jack Greene, Gene Watson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lorrie Morgan, Roy Acuff, Jerry Reed, Oak Ridge Boys, Connie Smith, Charlie Louvin.
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