I Can Sing a Rainbow

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"I Can Sing a Rainbow" (also known as "Sing a Rainbow") is a popular song written by Arthur Hamilton. It was featured in the 1955 film Pete Kelly's Blues, where it was sung by Peggy Lee.

Andy Williams released a version on his 1964 album, The Wonderful World of Andy Williams.

The British pop singer Cilla Black recorded the song for her 1966 studio album Cilla Sings A Rainbow — the album title and cover sleeve was inspired by the song. Black's second album was a commercial success, charting at #4 on the UK Album Chart.[1] Due to popular demand Black regularly performed the song in her live concert tours of the sixties and seventies.

A recording by the Dells of the song in a medley with "Love is Blue" reached number 22 in the US pop charts in 1969.[2]

In 2004 Delta Goodrem sang the song in a TV advertisement for Tourism Australia that aired in many countries.[3] It was also the closing theme song for the Philadelphia children's TV show, Captain Noah and His Magical Ark. The song has been used to teach children names of colours.[4][5] However, despite the name of the song, not all the colours mentioned are actually colours of the rainbow, and they are not presented in order of the visible light spectrum.[6]


  1. ^ www.chartstats.com Cilla Black - "Cilla" UK Album Chart Position
  2. ^ Lonergan, David F. (2005). Hit Records, 1950-1975. Scarecrow Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Delta beats Hogan in attraction stakes". news.com.au. 2005-05-07. Retrieved 2008-09-03. [dead link]
  4. ^ "I Can Sing A Rainbow". National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services. 
  5. ^ "I can sing a rainbow". British Council. 
  6. ^ Borland, Sophie (2008-01-11). "Ed Balls red-faced after 'Singing a Rainbow'". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2008-09-03.