Rhythm of the Rain
|"Rhythm of the Rain"|
|Single by The Cascades|
|from the album Rhythm of the Rain|
|B-side||Let Me Be|
|Label||Valiant Records 6026|
|Writer(s)||John Claude Gummoe|
|Producer(s)||Barry De Vorzon|
|The Cascades singles chronology|
"Rhythm of the Rain" is a song performed by The Cascades, released in November 1962. It was written by Cascades band member John Claude Gummoe. It rose to number three on the US pop chart on March 9, 1963, and spent two weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening chart. The song was also a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom and a number-one single in Ireland. In Canada, the song was on the CHUM Chart for a total of 12 weeks and reached number 1 in March 1963. In 1999 BMI listed the song as the ninth most performed song on radio/TV in the 20th century.
The Cascades' recording was used in the soundtrack of the 1979 film Quadrophenia and included in its soundtrack album. As of the end of 2013, the song has yet to be found anywhere in a true stereo version.
The lyrics are sung by a man who wishes the rain would stop falling and reminding him of the error of his ways, and to let him cry alone, as his lover has left him.
|Canada (CHUM Chart)||1|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||1|
|US Billboard Easy Listening||1|
|US Billboard Pop Songs||3|
The 1969 recording by Gary Lewis & the Playboys peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, this song was covered by various singers and bands in the southeast Asia region. Among them were Teddy Robin & The Playboys, Felicia Wong (王愛明) in Hong Kong, Tracy Huang (黃鶯鶯) in Taiwan, Ervinna, Zhuang Xue Fang (莊雪芳) (in edited Standard Chinese lyrics under title name of 雨聲) in 1963 in Singapore, and Sinn Sisamouth in Cambodia.
In 1983 Neil Sedaka released the song as a single, reaching #37 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.
Also in 1990 Australian star Jason Donovan reached #9 on the UK charts with his version; however, he failed to reach the top 10 in his home country. The music video features Donovan and an actress, in a film set in Hong Kong. Donovan sings outside in the rain in a backyard. It also features the actress posing as Audrey Hepburn and kissing Donovan on a ship. Donovan re-recorded the song for his 2008 album Let It Be Me.
In 1995 Hawaiian duo the Ka'au Crater Boys included "Rhythm of The (Falling) Rain" on their debut album Tropical Hawaiian Day and included it on their 2006 Best of... compilation.
French versions of the song "En écoutant la pluie" have been recorded by Sylvie Vartan and Richard Anthony.
In 2014 a version was included on the posthumously released album A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble by Jesse Winchester
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- Top 100 Songs of the Century Retrieved September 21, 2011
- IMDB Quadrophenia Entry
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- "ZHUANG XUE FANG 莊雪芳 " 雨聲 " EP (寶石之音黑膠唱片 RE- 2714) 1963". YouTube. 2012-08-19. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- "Mark Jonathan Davis - The Rhythm of the Coffee Pot". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-02-09.