Laughter in the Rain

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"Laughter in the Rain"
Single by Neil Sedaka
from the album Sedaka's Back
B-side "Endlessly" (US); "Kiddio" (UK); "Betty Grable" (Belgium)
Released 1974
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Rocket (US); Polydor Records (Europe)
Writer(s) Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody
Neil Sedaka singles chronology
"The Way I Am"
(1974)
"Laughter in the Rain"
(1974)
"The Immigrant"
(1975)

"Laughter in the Rain" is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka and composed by Sedaka with lyrics by Phil Cody. It includes a 20-second saxophone solo by Jim Horn.[1] Cody reports writing the lyrics in about 5 minutes after smoking marijuana and falling asleep under a tree for a couple of hours.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

In the USA, "Laughter in the Rain" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 1, 1975. The song also spent two weeks at the top of the adult contemporary chart. In the UK, the single spent nine weeks on the Singles Chart, peaking at No. 15 on June 22, 1974.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Earl Klugh in 1976 for his album Earl Klugh, by Thomas Anders (of Modern Talking fame) in 1992 for his album Down on Sunset and by Pepe Jaramillo on his Mexican Tijuana / Mexican Gold album. Donny Osmond in 2007 released a cover of the tune on his solo studio album Love Songs of the '70s. The Ray Conniff Singers recorded a vocal harmony arrangement of the song on their 1975 album, Laughter In The Rain.

There was also a Finnish cover version performed by Markku Aro, titled "Kun sä Vierelläin Sateesa Oot".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bob Weir & Neil Sedaka: West Meets East (Coast)" at elmoremagazine.com
  2. ^ "Songwriter Interviews: Philip Cody" at songfacts.com
  3. ^ "Neil Sedaka". officialcharts.com/. 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Longfellow Serenade" by Neil Diamond
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
November 23, 1974 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy
Preceded by
"Please Mr. Postman" by The Carpenters
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 1, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Fire" by Ohio Players