Last Monday, April 21, Jack Rainwater passed away quietly from a lengthy illness. His friend Andy Barron reported the Detroit guitarist and singer was 74 years old.
Rainwater’s music career began during the 1950s, when he played rock’n’roll and pop music with a group called the Paragons. When he split from that scene, members of the group changed the band to the Royaltones. 
During the 1970s, he cut “All I Want Is To Love You,” issued on Laurie Records (and produced by Johnny Powers), which scored a minor hit. Check out his soulful performance of “A Place In The Sun” as well.
A talented member of the Detroit music scene, Rainwater continued playing and singing in local showcases and nightclubs through the mid-2000s, when I finally had opportunities to catch him on stage. I first saw him at the “Legends of Rockabilly” concert, held in November 2004 at Jackson’s historic Michigan Theatre. Rainwater headlined with Dale Hawkins, Wanda Jackson, Charlie Gracie, and his old friend Jack Scott. The evening’s show was outstanding, to say the least, with Rainwater performing a set of big beat rockabilly just as gripping as anyone else’s (take a look at the list of names again – very impressive).
In December 2005, Rainwater and band hosted his cousin Marvin “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird” Rainwater (who died last September) at the Kentuckians of Michigan hall for a one-night show. Both Rainwaters were in top form, and the crowd loved them. Marvin was full of jokes and obviously happy to reunite with Jack, who was also in fine spirits.
I’m confident that Jack Rainwater now resides in his own “place in the sun.”
- Bond, Marilyn, and S.R. Boland. The Birth of the Detroit Sound: 1940-1964. (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2002) 62.