Dec 20, 2010
The most famous of all songs about California and rain, Albert Hammond's version became a global hit single which is still selling today.
The song tells the classic tale of the struggle, heartache and humiliation of a performer who moves out to California to pursue a career in the Hollywood entertainment industry --- and flops.
Happy song but depressing story. Nobody cares, though, because folks always start singing the song when it actually rains in Southern California --- still a rarity.
The song's chorus, which has become almost proverbial, states:
"It never rains in California, but girl don't they warn ya. It pours, man it pours."
Everybody's heard that phrase for so long that it has reached cliche' status.
Among the recording artists who have resurrected "It Never Rains in Southern California" are:
- Sonny and Cher
- Saori Minami
- Trent Summar & The New Row Mob
- Barry Manilow
- Julio Iglesias
Some California songs just get stuck in your head... especially on a rainy day.
Visit my friend Albert Hammond at his official website. He's got a great NEW album out. You'll like it.
It Never Rains in Southern California