It Never Rains in Southern California

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For the Tony! Toni! Toné song, see It Never Rains (In Southern California).
"It Never Rains in Southern California"
Single by Albert Hammond
from the album It Never Rains in Southern California
B-side "Anyone Here in the Audience"
Released October 21, 1972 (United States)
Recorded 1972
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 3:49
3:20 (7" version)
Label Mums Records
Writer(s) Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s) Albert Hammond, Don Altfeld
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Albert Hammond singles chronology
"Down by the River"
"It Never Rains in Southern California"
"If You Gotta Break Another Heart"

"It Never Rains in Southern California", written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, is a song first released by Hammond, a British born singer-songwriter, in 1972. Instrumental backing was provided by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew.[2] The song is from his album, It Never Rains in Southern California. Hammond's version peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that year.

In the UK the song is perhaps the quintessential example (alongside The Doobie Brothers "Listen to the Music") of a turntable hit: A song which, although very frequently played and requested on radio, never makes it into the charts. Through the 1970s, the record was re-issued at least five times by various labels—but remained outside the UK top 40, despite yet more airplay—and is still frequently to be heard on UK radio.

The song concerns the struggles of an actor who moves out to California to pursue a career in Hollywood but does not have any success and deteriorates in the process. In the chorus, Hammond sings, "It never rains in California, but girl don't they warn ya. It pours, man, it pours."

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

Cover versions[edit]

The chorus was reprised by Julio Iglesias in 1984's "Moonlight Lady", which Hammond co-wrote with Carole Bayer Sager.

Saori Minami covered the song on her 1973 studio album Kizu Tsuku Sedai. Agnes Chan covered the song on her 1973 album With Love From Agnes.

A cover was released by the country music band Trent Summar & The New Row Mob, in 2000 on their self-titled debut album. This version peaked at number 74 on the country music charts.

Barry Manilow included the song on his 2007 album The Greatest Songs of the Seventies.

Tony! Toni! Toné! included the chorus in their song of the same name on their 1990 album The Revival.

Mexican-American singer Andy Russell did a Spanish cover version in 1973 entitled "Nunca llueve en el Sur de California".

Sonny & Cher covered it on their last studio album Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs in 1973.

Chart positions[edit]

Albert Hammond version[edit]

Chart (1972–73) Peak
Japanese Oricon International Chart[4] 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 2
U.S. Billboard AC[5] 2
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart[6] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 5
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 5
West German Singles Chart[8] 9
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 11
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 21

Saori Minami version[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart[10] 77

Trent Summar & the New Row Mob version[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 74
Preceded by
"Holidays, On ira tous au Paradis" by Michel Polnareff
Japanese Oricon International Chart number-one single (Albert Hammond version)
February 19-March 26, 1973
Succeeded by
"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon

In other media[edit]

The song, performed by Pete Yorn, appears in the 2003 film Stuck on You.

In 2010, the song was featured in the Ben Stiller comedy Greenberg.

The song was played to close the final scene of the last episode of Veronica Mars, when Veronica leaves the polling booth and walks down the sidewalk in the rain.

The song is played in the closing credits of the 2013 movie Empire State with Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth.


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Hard to Find 45s on CD, Vol. 14 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "List of number-one singles on the Japanese Oricon International Chart (1968-2000)". Oricon. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  5. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Albert Hammond > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard Charts. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ " Albert Hammond - It Never Rains in Southern California". VG-lista. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Albert Hammond - It Never Rains In Southern California -". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved January 2010. 
  8. ^ Günter Ehnert (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956 - 1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, p. 91
  9. ^ " Albert Hammond - It Never Rains In Southern California". MegaCharts. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ a-南 沙織 "- Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Singles Chart Daijiten - Saori Minami" Check |url= value (help) (in Japanese). December 30, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 

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