Walking in the Rain (The Ronettes song)

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"Walking in the Rain"
Walking in the Rain - The Ronettes.jpg
Single by The Ronettes
from the album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
B-side"How Does It Feel?"
ReleasedOctober 1964
GenreR&B
Length3:15
LabelPhilles
Songwriter(s)Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil
Producer(s)Phil Spector
The Ronettes singles chronology
"Do I Love You?"
(1964)
"Walking in the Rain"
(1964)
"Born to Be Together"
(1965)

"Walking in the Rain" is a song written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weil. It was originally recorded by the girl group the Ronettes in 1964 who had a charting hit with their version. Jay and the Americans released a charting hit cover of the song in 1969. The song has since been recorded by many other artists over the years, including the Walker Brothers.

The Ronettes version

The Ronettes were the first to release "Walking in the Rain". Their single reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964.[1] The song also reached number three on the R&B Singles Chart in 1965.[2] The single contains sound effects of thunder and lightning, which earned audio engineer Larry Levine a Grammy nomination. Phil Spector produced the record.[3]

In 2004, the Ronettes' version was ranked at No. 266 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, while being moved down to No. 269 in the 2010 update.[citation needed]

Jay and the Americans version

"Walkin in the Rain"
Walkin in the Rain - Jay and the Americans.jpg
Single by Jay and the Americans
from the album Wax Museum, Vol. 1
B-side"For the Love of a Lady"
ReleasedNovember 1969
GenrePop
Length2:50
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil
Producer(s)Jay and the Americans, Thomas Kaye
Jay and the Americans singles chronology
"When You Dance"
(1969)
"Walkin in the Rain"
(1969)
"Capture the Moment"
(1970)

The pop group Jay and the Americans released a cover of "Walkin' in the Rain" in 1969 on their album Wax Museum, Vol. 1. Their version of the song reached number 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 14 on Cash Box. it also hit number 8 on the Adult Contemporary chart; it was the last top-40 hit for the group.[4]

Chart history

The Ronettes
Chart (1964) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 23
U.S. Billboard R&B 8
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 20
The Walker Brothers
Chart (1967) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[7] 26
Jay & the Americans
Chart (1969) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 19
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 8
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 14
The Partridge Family starring David Cassidy
Chart (1973) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 10
Cheetah
Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[9] 10

Other versions

  • 1967 – The Walker Brothers, single backed with the original b-side "Baby Make It Last the Time". This version alters the gender of the lyrics for a heterosexual male perspective. It reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart.[7] It was the group's final UK single before their first split.[citation needed]
  • 1973 - featured on the television show The Partridge Family, single released in Canada, England, and other parts of Europe backed with "Together We're Better"; also with gender-altered lyrics, reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • 1978 - non-album single by the female-led Australian rock group Cheetah, reaching number 10 on the Australian Singles Chart.
  • 2003 – the English electropop duo Erasure included a cover version of "Walking in the Rain" on their tenth studio album Other People's Songs. Singer Andy Bell, an out gay man, does not alter the original lyrics sung by the Ronettes.

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 722.
  2. ^ Leszczak, Bob (10 October 2013). Who Did It First?: Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. ISBN 9780810888678.
  3. ^ Walking in the Rain song review at AllMusic
  4. ^ Jay and the Americans singles
  5. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. {{cite web}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ a b Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 589/590. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ Rice, Jonathan (1991). British Hit Singles (8th ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Publishing. p. 207. ISBN 0-85112-941-2.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.

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