Crying in the Rain

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"Crying in the Rain"
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-side"I'm Not Angry"
Released1962
Format7" vinyl
Length1:59
LabelWarner Bros.
Writer(s)Howard Greenfield and Carole King
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Muskrat"
(1961)
"Crying in the Rain"
(1962)
"That's Old Fashioned"
(1962)
 
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"Crying in the Rain"
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-side"I'm Not Angry"
Released1962
Format7" vinyl
Length1:59
LabelWarner Bros.
Writer(s)Howard Greenfield and Carole King
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Muskrat"
(1961)
"Crying in the Rain"
(1962)
"That's Old Fashioned"
(1962)

"Crying in the Rain" is a song written by Howard Greenfield and Carole King and was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers. The single peaked at #6 on the U.S. pop charts in 1962.[1]

The song was the only collaboration between successful songwriters Greenfield (lyrics) and King (music), both of whom worked for Aldon Music at the time of the song's composition. On a whim, two Aldon songwriting partnerships decided to switch partners for a day -- Gerry Goffin (who normally worked with King) partnered with Greenfield's frequent writing partner Jack Keller, leaving King and Greenfield to pair up for the day. Despite the commercial success of their collaboration, King and Greenfield never wrote another song together.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Crying in the Rain"  Howard Greenfield and Carole King1:59
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."I'm Not Angry"  'Jimmy Howard' (pseudonym of The Everly Brothers)1:58

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1962)Peak
position
US Billboard Pop Singles[1]6
Dutch Billboard Chart[3]9
UK Singles Chart[4]6
Chart (1966)Peak
position
Norwegian Singles Chart[5]8

A-ha version[edit]

"Crying in the Rain"
Single by A-ha
from the album East of the Sun, West of the Moon
B-side"(Seemingly) Non-stop July"
ReleasedSeptember 7, 1990 (Germany)
October 1, 1990 (UK)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded1989
GenrePop rock, alternative rock
Length4:25
LabelWarner Bros.
Writer(s)Howard Greenfield and Carole King
Producer(s)Christopher Neil
A-ha singles chronology
"There's Never a Forever Thing"
(1989)
"Crying in the Rain"
(1990)
"I Call Your Name"
(1990)

In 1990, the Norwegian pop band a-ha covered the song. Following its success, a-ha became closer to the Everly Brothers, who had originally recorded the song. The band members were presented a set of guitars by the Everly Brothers that a-ha continues to use.

This is one of the few commercially available songs which a-ha have covered, the only others being "Velvet", first released by Savoy, and "Dragonfly", first released by Magne Furuholmen.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Steve Barron. The theme of the video is a robbery gone wrong. It is actually the second version of this video, the first version did not feature any of the scenes of Morten Harket singing alone. The video was filmed entirely with a specific technique of mobile cameras and was filmed in Big Timber, Montana.

Chart performance[edit]

Though often given the misnomer of "one-hit wonder" in the U.S., a-ha has actually had a number of singles appear on various charts there, though none anywhere near as big a hit as their debut, "Take On Me". "Crying in the Rain" was a-ha's last single to go top 40 on a Billboard chart in the U.S. to date, peaking at #26 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart during the week ending April 6, 1991.[6] It was more popular internationally, topping the charts in the band's native Norway,[7] and peaking at #13 in the UK Singles Chart,[8] where the band had found previous success as well. It was the 32nd most successful song of the year 2010 in Romanian Top 100, although it peaked outside the top 20.[9]

Chart (1990)Peak
position
Norwegian Singles Chart[7]1
Austrian Singles Chart[10]17
Canadian RPM Top Singles[11]34
Dutch GfK chart[12]10
Dutch Top 40[13]11
French Singles Chart[14]11
German Singles Chart[15]6
Irish Singles Chart[16]8
Italian Singles Chart[17]14
Polish Singles Chart2
Swiss Singles Chart[18]21
UK Singles Chart[8]13
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[6]26

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertificationDateSales certified
France[19]Silver1990200,000

Other cover versions[edit]

"Crying in the Rain" was covered by many other artists. Country singer Tammy Wynette covered the song in 1981, bringing it to the top 20 of the US country singles charts and #11 in the Canadian RPM Country 50 Singles.[20] In 1989 it was covered by Blessings in Disguise, a band composed of Dave Hill and Noddy Holder of British hard rock band, Slade. The song was released as a single, backed with the Dave Hill written track, "Wild Nites". The song was also covered by Crystal Gayle on her 1981 album Hollywood, Tennessee and by the British duo Peter and Gordon. Singer Art Garfunkel, of Simon and Garfunkel fame, covered the song in his album Up 'til Now (1993) in a duet with James Taylor. Released in 2010 on Micky Dolenz King For a Day album. The song was also covered by the Eurovision Song Contest winner Johnny Logan. German band Gregorian covered the song on their album Masters of Chant Chapter VI. Urban Symphony, an Estonian group, sing this song for a gala. Also covered by Jan and Dean on 1968's Save for a Rainy Day album. The song was covered my Marty Kristian of the New Seekers in 1973 "Crying In The Rain"/"A Woman Grows" (Polydor 2058 394)

Carole King covered the song she co-wrote on her 1983 album Speeding Time.

Other songs with the same title[edit]

Whitesnake recorded a song by the same name. It was written by David Coverdale and released in 1982 on the album Saints & Sinners. In 1987, it was re-recorded for Whitesnake's self titled album.

Culture Beat recorded a different song with the same title, it peaked at #29 in the UK Singles Chart.[21]

German singer Gerd Böttcher and Detlef Engel released this song in 1962 under the title "Denn mein zuhause, das bist du".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "allmusic ((( The Everly Brothers > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved April 29, 2009 (2009-04-29).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Emerson, Ken (2005) Always Magic In The Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era, Viking, New York, ISBN 0-670-03456-8, p. 111.
  3. ^ Van Slooten, Johan, ed. (2005). Top 40 Hitdossier 1965-2005 (in Dutch) (9th, revised ed.). Haarlem: J.H. Gottmer / H.J.W. Becht BV. p. 110. ISBN 90-230-1144-9. 
  4. ^ "Chart Stats - The Everly Brothers - Crying In The Rain". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - The Everly Brothers - Crying In The Rain". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks - A-ha - Crying In The Rain - Chart Listing For The Week Of apr 06 1991". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "norwegiancharts.com - A-ha - Crying In The Rain". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Chart Stats - A-ha - Crying In The Rain". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Topul celor mai difuzate piese în România în 2010" (in Romanian). România Liberă. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "A-ha - Crying In The Rain - austriancharts.at (in German)". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ "RPM Volume 53 No. 17, March 30, 1991 - RPM". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  12. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - A-ha - Crying In The Rain (in Dutch)". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40, week 45, 1990 (in Dutch)". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  14. ^ "lescharts.com - A-ha - Crying In The Rain (in French)". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  15. ^ "German Singles Chart". Charts-Surfer. Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  16. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  17. ^ "HPI - Settimana del 17/11/90 (in Italian)". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  18. ^ "A-ha - Crying In The Rain - hitparade.ch (in German)". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  19. ^ French certifications [1] (Retrieved September 14, 2008)
  20. ^ "RPM Volume 35 No. 17, November 21, 1981 - RPM". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Chart Stats - Culture Beat - Crying In The Rain". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 

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