Rhythm of the Rain

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"Rhythm of the Rain"
Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades.jpg
Single by The Cascades
from the album Rhythm of the Rain
B-side"Let Me Be"
ReleasedNovember 1962 (US)
January 25, 1963 (UK)
Recorded1962
GenrePop, doo-wop
Length2:28
LabelValiant Records 6026
Songwriter(s)John Claude Gummoe
Producer(s)Barry De Vorzon
The Cascades singles chronology
"Second Chance"
(1962)
"Rhythm of the Rain"
(1962)
"Let Me Be"
(1962)

"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. On March 9, 1963, it rose to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and spent two weeks at number 1 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[1] Billboard ranked the record as the number 4 song of 1963.[2]

In March, 1963, the song was a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom and, in May that same year, was a number 1 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.[3] In 1999 BMI listed the song as the 9th most performed song on radio/TV in the 20th century.[4]

The Cascades' recording was used in the soundtrack of the 1979 film Quadrophenia, and included in its soundtrack album.[5]

The song arrangement features distinctive use of a celesta.[6]

The sound of rain and thunder are heard at the beginning and at the end of the song.

Theme[edit]

The lyrics are sung by a man whose lover has left him; the rain falling reminds him 'what a fool' he has been. He rhetorically asks the rain for answers, but ultimately he wishes it would 'go away' and let him cry alone.

Chart performance[edit]

Sylvie Vartan version (in French)[edit]

"En écoutant la pluie"
Single by Sylvie Vartan
from the album Twiste et chante
B-side"Let Me Be"
Released1963
Format7" single
Genreyé-yé
Length2:28
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)John C. Gummoe, Richard Anthony
Sylvie Vartan singles chronology
"Chance" / "Il revient" / "Reponds-moi" / "Il revient" / "Reponds-moi" / "Tous les gens"
(1963)
"En écoutant la pluie"
(1963)
"I'm watching"
(1963)

The song was adapted into French (under the title "En écoutant la pluie", meaning "Listening to the Rain") by Richard Anthony. It was recorded by Sylvie Vartan, who released it as a single in 1963.

According to the charts published by the U.S. magazine Billboard (in its "Hits of the World" section), the song "En écoutant la pluie" reached number one in France.[21][22][23]

Track listings[edit]

7" single RCA Victor 45.277 (1963, France)

A. "En écoutant la pluie (Rhythm of the Rain)
B. "Jamais (Late Date Baby)[24]

7" EP Sylvie à l'Olympia RCA 86.007 (1963, France)

A1. "En écoutant la pluie"
A2. "Jamais"
B1. "Avec moi"
B2. "Mon ami"[25]

Charts[edit]

Charts (1963) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[26] 11
France[23] 1

Other charting versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 49.
  2. ^ Top 5 Songs of Each Year Retrieved May 8, 2015
  3. ^ Hall, Ron (1984). The Chum Chart Book. Rexdale (Toronto): Stardust Productions. p. 27. ISBN 0920325157.
  4. ^ Top 100 Songs of the Century Retrieved September 21, 2011
  5. ^ IMDB Quadrophenia Entry
  6. ^ Walter Everett (2008). The Foundations of Rock : From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes": From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. Oxford University Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-1953-1023-8.
  7. ^ The Cascades - Rhythm of the Rain, Ultratop. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ The Cascades - Rhythm of the Rain, Ultratop. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Cascades". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 18 April 1963
  11. ^ The Cascades - Rhythm of the Rain, norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Cascades - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Hot 100 - The Cascades Rhythm of the Rain Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Adult Contemporary - The Cascades Rhythm of the Rain Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "Middle-Road Singles", Billboard, March 2, 1963. p. 55. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  16. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - The Cascades Rhythm of the Rain Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Hot R&B Singles", Billboard, March 16, 1963. p. 20. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 16, 1963
  19. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  20. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 28, 1963
  21. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (6 July 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 31–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  22. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (13 July 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 30–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  23. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (27 July 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 42–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  24. ^ "ultratop.be - Sylvie Vartan - Petit rainbow". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  25. ^ "ultratop.be - Sylvie Vartan - Sylvie à l'Olympia". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sylvie Vartan – En écoutant la pluie" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  27. ^ Vic van de Reijt, booklet to De Nederlandstalige cover top 100, Universal Music 984 333-6
  28. ^ Gary Lewis & The Playboys, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  29. ^ Pat Roberts, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  30. ^ Jacky Ward, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  31. ^ Neil Sedaka, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  32. ^ Dan Fogelberg, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  33. ^ Jason Donovan, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015

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