Walking in the Rain (The Ronettes song)

"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.

"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)

The Ronettes versionEdit

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

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 versionEdit

"Walkin in the Rain"
 
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.[3]

Other versionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Walking in the Rain song review at AllMusic
  3. ^ Jay and the Americans singles
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 589/590. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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