Rhythm of the Rain

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"Rhythm of the Rain"
Single by The Cascades
from the album Rhythm of the Rain
B-side Let Me Be
Released November 1962 (US)
January 25, 1963 (UK)
Genre Pop, Doo-Wop
Length 2:28
Label Valiant Records 6026
Writer(s) John Claude Gummoe
Producer(s) Barry De Vorzon
The Cascades singles chronology
"Second Chance"
"Rhythm of the Rain"
"Let Me Be"

"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.[1] Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1963.[2]

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.[3] In 1999 BMI listed the song as the ninth 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 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.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
Australia (Sydney) 3
Belgium 14
Canada (CHUM Chart) 1
Ireland 1
Norway 7
UK Singles[6] 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
US Billboard Easy Listening 1
US Billboard Pop Songs 3

Charting cover versions[edit]

Other versions[edit]

See also[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 and 1986). The Chum Chart Book. Rexdale (Toronto): Stardust Productions. p. 27. ISBN 0920325157.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Top 100 Songs of the Century Retrieved September 21, 2011
  5. ^ IMDB Quadrophenia Entry
  6. ^ "CASCADES | Artist". Official Charts. 1963-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  7. ^ Gary Lewis & The Playboys, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  8. ^ Pat Roberts, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  9. ^ Jacky Ward, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  10. ^ Neil Sedaka, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  11. ^ Dan Fogelberg, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  12. ^ Jason Donovan, "Rhythm of the Rain" chart position Retrieved May 9, 2015
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "Mark Jonathan Davis - The Rhythm of the Coffee Pot". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  15. ^ "Fernanda Takai - "O Ritmo da Chuva"". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
  16. ^ "Demétrius - "Ritmo da Chuva"". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-08-22. 

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