It Never Rains in Southern California

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"It Never Rains in Southern California"
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Single by Albert Hammond
from the album It Never Rains in Southern California
B-side"Anyone Here in the Audience"
ReleasedOctober 21, 1972 (United States)
Recorded1972
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length3:49
3:20 (7" version)
LabelMums
Songwriter(s)Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s)Albert Hammond, Don Altfeld
Albert Hammond singles chronology
"Down by the River"
(1972)
"It Never Rains in Southern California"
(1972)
"If You Gotta Break Another Heart"
(1973)

"It Never Rains in Southern California" is a 1972 song written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood and sung by Hammond, a British-born singer-songwriter.

Explanation[edit]

Instrumental backing was provided by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew.[2] The song appears on Hammond's album It Never Rains in Southern California and peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is Hammond's only top 10 hit to date (although he would have one other top 40 hit in 1974 with "I'm a Train").

In 1989, Hammond re-recorded the song for his Best of Me greatest hits compilation.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Saori Minami version[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart[18] 77

Trent Summar and the New Row Mob version[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Hard to Find 45s on CD, Vol. 14 – Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew, featuring a female chorus, a flute ensemble, piano, guitar, strings, and bass. St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7.
  3. ^ "Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California 1989". YouTube. November 2, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Forum – 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  5. ^ RPM 100 Singles, January 13, 1973
  6. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, January 13, 1973
  7. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California". dutchcharts.nl. MegaCharts. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
  8. ^ Günter Ehnert (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956 – 1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, p. 91
  9. ^ "List of number-one singles on the Japanese Oricon International Chart (1968–2000)". Oricon. Archived from the original on April 21, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  10. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Albert Hammond – It Never Rains in Southern California". VG-lista. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  11. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 29 January 1973
  12. ^ "Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California – hitparade.ch". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  13. ^ "Albert Hammond Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "allmusic ((( Albert Hammond > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". allmusic.com. Billboard Charts. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  15. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 30, 1972
  16. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  17. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1973". Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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