Standing in the Rain (John Paul Young song)

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"Standing In The Rain"
Standing in the Rain by John Paul Young.jpg
Single by John Paul Young
from the album J.P.Y.
ReleasedEuropean UnionFebruary 1977
Australia December 1977
Recorded1976
GenreDisco, Pop music
Length4:19
LabelAlbert Productions, Ariola
Songwriter(s)Harry Vanda, George Young
Producer(s)Harry Vanda, George Young
John Paul Young singles chronology
"Keep On Smilin'"
(1976)
"Standing In The Rain"
(1977)
"I Wanna Do It with You"
(1977)

"Standing in the Rain" is a disco song recorded by Australian pop singer John Paul Young. It was released in Europe in February 1977 and in Australia in December 1977 as the third and final single from Young's third studio album, J.P.Y. (1976). The song was written by George Young and Harry Vanda.

The song peaked at number 12 on the Kent Music Report in Australia, remaining on the chart for 27 weeks. In Europe it reached No. 2 in Belgium, No. 3 in the Netherlands, No. 4 in Germany and No. 11 in Austria.

Background[edit]

"Keep on Smilin'" was sent to Europe in 1977 to be released as the second single by John Paul Young from the J.P.Y. album as it was in Australia. German disc jockeys preferred the B-side, "Standing in the Rain", and flipped the single. The result was a charting success across Europe: the song reached No. 2 in Belgium, No. 3 in Netherlands, No. 4 in Germany and No. 11 in Austria. "Standing in the Rain" was released as the A-side in Australia in December 1977. It peaked at number 12 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart.[1]

In an interview with Drum Media in 2009, Young explains “We'd sent over a song called "Keep On Smilin'" and "Standing in the Rain" was on the B-side. There was a guy working for [record label] Ariola, who didn't like "Keep On Smilin'" at all and turned it over and thought this might have something. He decided to sidestep the radio stations and went straight to a DJ friend in a club and it got played and it just bled from there into the charts and stayed in the charts for forty-something weeks.”[2]

In 1987, Young issued The Golden Dance-Floor Hits Vol. 10, a three-track extended play on German label ZYX Records.[3] The album is a part of The Golden Dance-Floor Hits series. It provided two extended remix versions of "Standing in the Rain".[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

European 7" (Ariola 911 130)
Australian 7" Vinyl (AP- 11618)
  • Side A: "Standing in the Rain" - 4:21
  • Side B: "Same Old Thing" - 3:02
The Golden Dance-Floor Hits Vol. 10 (1987) ZYX Records (ZYX 8-5630)[3]
  1. "Standing in the Rain" (Extended Mix) (Harry Vanda, George Young) – 8:05
  2. "Love Is in the Air" (Harry Vanda, George Young) – 3:31
  3. "Standing in the Rain" (Extended Mix Backing Track) (Harry Vanda, George Young) – 8:00

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977-78) Peak
position
Australian (Kent Music Report)[1] 12
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 3
West Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Position
Australian (Kent Music Report)[9] 65

1992 The Bogo Pogo Mix[edit]

"Standing in the Rain (The Bogo Pogo mix)"
Standing in the Rain 1992 JPY.jpg
Single by John Paul Young
from the album Strictly Ballroom
ReleasedNovember 1992
GenreDisco
Length3:02 (The Bogo Pogo mix)
LabelAlbert Productions
Songwriter(s)Harry Vanda, George Young
Producer(s)David Hirschfelder
John Paul Young singles chronology
"Love Is in the Air"
(1992)
"Standing in the Rain (The Bogo Pogo mix)"
(1992)
"Happy the Man]"
(1996)

"Standing in the Rain (The Bogo Pogo mix)" was released in November 1992 as the second single from the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack (1992).

Track listing[edit]

Australian/ New Zealand CD single (659545 2)
  1. "Standing in the Rain" (The Bogo Pogo Mix) - 3:02
  2. "Yesterday's Hero" (Ignatius Jones cover) - 3:23
  3. "Yesterday's Hero" (original Version) - 3:43

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 346. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ Smith, Michael (30 July 2009). "ARIA Hall of Fame – John Paul Young". The Drum Media. Western Australia: Street Press Australia Pty Ltd. p. 14.
  3. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "John Paul Young – 'Standing in the Rain'". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "The Golden Dance Floor Hits vol 10 by John Paul Young". Australian Music Database. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – John Paul Young – Standing in the Rain" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Paul Young – Standing in the Rain" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – John Paul Young" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – John Paul Young – Standing in the Rain". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.