The Cascades (band)

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The Cascades
Origin San Diego, United States
Genres Pop music
Years active 1960 to 1975
Reunions in 1995, 2004 and 2012
Labels Valiant (US), Warner (Canada)
Past members John Gummoe
Eddie Snyder
David Szabo
Dave Stevens
Dave Wilson
Gabe Lapano
Tony Grasso

The Cascades were an American vocal group best known for the single "Rhythm of the Rain", recorded in 1962, an international hit the following year.[1]


In 1960, the Silver Strands were a group of United States Navy personnel serving on the USS Jason (AR-8) based in San Diego, California. They recruited John Gummoe, who originally acted as manager, then left the Navy to become The Thundernotes. The group's membership consisted of John Claude "John" Gummoe (born August 2, 1938, Cleveland, Ohio) (lead vocals), Lenny Green (vocal and lead guitar), Dave Wilson (drums and vocal), Dave Stevens (bass), and Art Eastlick (rhythm guitar). Their first and only recording, "Thunder Rhythm" (and "Payday" on the reverse of the 45rpm) was with DelFi Records of Hollywood, owned and managed by Bob Keane. It was a surf-type instrumental. Lenny left soon after to pursue his own goals and the group acquired Eddie Snyder (guitar), Von Lynch (keyboards), Ronald Lynch (keyboards, saxophone), Dave Stevens (bass) and Dave Wilson (drums).[2][3]

Influenced by the Beach Boys, the group became more interested in vocal harmony. They recorded demos and signed with Barry De Vorzon at Valiant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and changed their name to The Cascades – inspired by a nearby box of dishwashing detergent. Their first release, "There's A Reason," became a small regional hit; in the summer of 1962, they went to Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles to record a song Gummoe wrote in his Navy days on watch during a thunderstorm. The song was to become "Rhythm of the Rain" and the musicians on the recording included the "Wrecking Crew" - Jim Owens on drums, Carol Kaye on bass and Glen Campbell on guitar - arranged by Perry Botkin, Jr.. "Rhythm of the Rain" was issued in November 1962. It rose to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963, becoming a major hit in over 80 countries. It peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] "Rhythm of the Rain" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[5]

The Cascades continued to record, produced an album and several additional singles, including the follow-up "The Last Leaf",[6] but did not match the charm or success of their big hit. The group continued to receive major radio airplay in their hometown, San Diego. The Cascades' cover version of Bob Lind's "Truly Julie's Blues" received spins on KCBQ and KGB in 1966, and their song "Maybe The Rain Will Fall" fared well on San Diego radio charts in the summer of 1969.

The group was active, played local San Diego clubs like The Cinnamon Cinder, and at other times, toured widely. In 1967, The Cascades appeared onscreen in the Crown International Pictures teen comedy adventure film, Catalina Caper, which included their version of a song written by Ray Davies of the Kinks, "There's A New World."[7]

Gummoe left the group in 1967 to pursue a solo career and later formed the band Kentucky Express. Keyboardist/vocalist Gabe Lapano took over the lead chores,[8] the group also adding Tony Grasso,[9] with Owens and Snyder the remaining original members. Finally, they split in 1975.[10] Snyder later recorded country music under the name Eddie Preston.[11] Gummoe recorded a dance mix of "Rhythm of the Rain" in 1990.[12] The group reformed twice, in 1995 and 2004, touring the US and the Philippines, where they retained a fan following. A compilation CD of the Cascades’ best moments was issued in 1999. That same year, performing rights organization BMI announced the "Top 100 Songs of the Century." to receive airplay on radio or television in the U.S., with "Rhythm of the Rain" at #9.[13]



Year Title Peak chart positions Record Label B-side Album
1962 "There's a Reason" Valiant Records "Second Chance" Rhythm of the Rain
"Rhythm of the Rain" 3 1 7 5 "Let Me Be"
1963 "Shy Girl" 91 "The Last Leaf" (BB #60)
"My First Day Alone" "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
"A Little Like Lovin'" 116 RCA Victor "Cinderella"
"For Your Sweet Love" 86 "Jeannie"
1964 "Those Were the Good Old Days" "Little Betty Falling Star"
"I Dare You to Try" "Awake"
"She Was Really Never Mine (to Lose)" Charter Records "My Best Girl"
1965 "She'll Love Again" Liberty Records "I Bet You Won't Stay"
1966 "Cheryl's Goin' Home" 131 Arwin Records "Truly Julie's Blues"
"All's Fair in Love and War" "Midnight Lace"
1967 "Hey Little Girl of Mine" Smash Records "Blue Hours"
"Flying on the Ground" "Main Street"
1969 "Two Sided Man" Probe Records "Everyone Is Blossoming" What Goes on Inside
"Maybe the Rain Will Fall" 61 Uni Records "Naggin' Cries" Maybe the Rain Will Fall
"Indian River" "Floatin Down River"
1970 "But for Love" "Hazel Autumn Cocoa Brown"
"Big Ugly Sky" "April, May, June and July"
1972 "Sweet America" Can-Base Records[14] "I Started a Joke"


Year Album Billboard 200 Record Label
1963 Rhythm of the Rain 111 Valiant Records
1968 What Goes on Inside Blossom Records
1969 Maybe the Rain Will Fall Uni Records


Year Album Record Label
1971 Rhythm of the Rain Warner Bros. Records
1999 The Very Best of The Cascades Taragon Records
2001 The Cascades: Hits and Rarities Valiant Records
2006 Essential: The Cascades Warner Music Philippines
All The Way To Yesterday
2007 The Cascades Goes Ballroom: The Dense Modesto Remixes
2014 Rhythms of Their Reign 1962-1966 Teensville Records


  1. ^ "The Cascades". San Diego Reader. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  2. ^ Mendoza, Bart & Thorn, Steve. The San Diego Troubadour When The Cascades Topped The Charts San Diego Troubadour. 2009-05. Retrieved on 2010-09-06.
  3. ^ "John Gummoe & The Cascades". Rhythm of the Rain. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 967. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 156. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  6. ^ Ron Wynn. "The Cascades | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Catalina Caper". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  8. ^ Jim Demonakos. "John Gummoe & The Cascades". Rhythm of the Rain. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  9. ^ "A New Chapter". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  10. ^ Jim Demonakos. "John Gummoe & The Cascades". Rhythm of the Rain. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955–2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 112. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  12. ^ "The Cascades Page". 2005-01-21. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  13. ^ "BMI Announces Top 100 Songs of the Century | News". 1999-12-13. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  14. ^ Michael Bennett (30 September 1972). "Western Canada:Activity abounds on all fronts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 48–. ISSN 0006-2510. 

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