Early Morning Rain" (sometimes "Early Mornin' Rain") is a song composed and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. The song appears on his debut album (1966) and in a re-recorded version on the 1975 compilation Lightfoot! . Gord's Gold
Lightfoot composed the song in 1964, supposedly inspired by seeing off a friend at the
Los Angeles airport some years previous. The lyrics suggest someone down on his luck, standing by an airport fence and observing the thunderous takeoff of a Boeing 707 jetliner. The general narrative of the song can be taken as a sort of jet-age musical allegory to a hobo of yesteryear lurking around a railroad yard attempting to surreptitiously board and ride a freight train.
Notable recordings and performances [ edit ]
The Canadian husband and wife duo
Ian & Sylvia were the first artists to release this song, though the version by Peter, Paul & Mary is likely the most commercially successful version. There was over a year's time lag between their recording and Lightfoot's recording and its release. The Grateful Dead also recorded the song in 1965. Funk super-group Cameo frequently performs the song live as an homage to Lightfoot's influence on the band. We Five released a version of the song on their 1970 album, Catch the Wind. [1 ]
Hit singles [ edit ]
Tracks on hit albums [ edit ]
Ian & Sylvia, Early Morning Rain - #77 on the Billboard 200 [5 ] 1965
Judy Collins, - #69 on the Billboard 200 Fifth Album [6 ] 1965
Peter, Paul and Mary, - #11 on the Billboard 200 See What Tomorrow Brings [7 ] 1966
Chad & Jeremy, Distant Shores - #61 on the Billboard 200 [8 ] 1966
George Hamilton IV, Steel Rail Blues - #3 on the Country Albums chart [9 ] 1967
Roy Drusky, Now is a Lonely Time - #31 on the USA Country. 1970
Bob Dylan, - #4 on the Billboard 200 Self Portrait [10 ] 1971
Jerry Reed, Ko-Ko Joe - #153 on the Billboard 200, #7 on Country Albums [11 ] 1972
Elvis Presley, - #43 on the Billboard 200 Elvis Now [12 ] 1973
Jerry Lee Lewis, The Session - #37 on the Billboard 200 [13 ] 1975
Gordon Lightfoot, - #34 on the Billboard 200 Gord's Gold [14 ] 1977
Elvis Presley, - #5 on the Billboard 200 Elvis in Concert [12 ] 1999
Marco T, Remember the best - Latin version by 1995 best ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) South America 2004
Wendy Matthews, - #42 on the Australian Album Charts Café Naturale 2013
Stephen Fearing covered this song on his album " Between Hurricanes" 2014
Neil Young covered this song on his album . A Letter Home [15 ] 2014 Dutch singer Ruben Hein covered the song on his EP
References [ edit ]
^ We Five, Retrieved February 28, 2012. Catch the Wind
^ Peter, Paul and Mary charting singles Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ George Hamilton IV charting singles Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Oliver Chart Singles Discography Retrieved March 11, 2012.
^ Ian & Sylvia charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Judy Collins charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Peter, Paul and Mary charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Chad & Jeremy charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ George Hamilton IV charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Bob Dylan charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Jerry Reed charting albums Retrieved June 30, 2013.
^ a b Elvis Presley charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Jerry Lee Lewis charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Gordon Lightfoot charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
^ Greene, Andy (18 April 2014). "Neil Young's New Covers Album Available Right Now: Surprise!". Rolling Stone . Retrieved . 19 April 2014
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