Laughter in the Rain

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"Laughter in the Rain"
Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka.jpg
45 single cover in Germany
Single by Neil Sedaka
from the album Sedaka's Back
B-side "Endlessly" (US); "Kiddio" (UK); "Betty Grable" (Belgium)
Released October 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Rocket (US); Polydor Records (Europe)
Songwriter(s) Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody
Producer(s) Neil Sedaka and Robert Appere
Neil Sedaka singles chronology
"The Way I Am"
"Laughter in the Rain"
"The Immigrant"
"The Way I Am"
"Laughter in the Rain"
"The Immigrant"

"Laughter in the Rain" is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka, composed by him with lyrics by Phil Cody. It includes a 20-second saxophone solo by Jim Horn.[1] Cody reports writing the lyrics in about five 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 (it was his first single to top the Hot 100 since 1962).[3] The song spent two weeks at the top of the adult contemporary chart.

The song was likewise a major hit in Canada, reaching number two on the pop singles chart and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was also released in the UK where it spent nine weeks on the Singles Chart, peaking at No. 15 on June 22, 1974.[4]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Bob Weir & Neil Sedaka: West Meets East (Coast)" at
  2. ^ "Songwriter Interviews: Philip Cody" at
  3. ^ a b "Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Neil Sedaka". 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  7. ^ UK Official Charts, 22 June 1974
  8. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart - Billboard". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Vitamin E (3) - Sharing". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 

Other sources[edit]

  • 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 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