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Rhythm of the Rain
by The Cascades
The lyrics are sung by a man whose lover has left him; the rain falling reminds him 'what a fool' he has been. He rhetorically asks the rain for answers, but ultimately he wishes it would 'go away' and let him cry alone.

Purely background radio music for me as a nine-year-old. However, I'm sure I admired the sound effects of rain and thunder coming out of the wireless speaker (I was always keen on stuff like that), as well as the attractive harmonies put together by the singing group. I was certain in my knowledge that this was a "sad break-up song" even before I had had a proper serious girlfriend myself ... I was so sure I knew exactly how the lovelorn vocalist must have felt. I remember then associating any rain falling with romantic loss, even into my formative teen years when I did win over (and ultimately lose) a small number of love interests - and those losses were always magnified whenever I would be caught in the rain, or maybe just stared at it through the window of our home. I still like this number a lot.

'The Cascades':
:: Founding members Lenny Green, Dave Wilson, Dave Stevens and Art Eastlick all started out as US Navy personnel serving together on the USS Jason (AR-8) based in San Diego, California. They added vocalist John Gummoe (originally their manager), then left the Navy to find fame. ...
:: Originally called 'The Thundernotes', they changed their name to 'The Cascades' after being inspired by a box of dishwashing detergent stored in the 'Valiant Records' building! ...
:: They appeared onscreen in the 1967 'Crown International Pictures' teen comedy adventure film "Catalina Caper". It included their version of "There's A New World Opening For Me", a song written by Ray Davies of 'The Kinks'.

In #1963 (UK) :
:: The former Soviet Union launched the Vostok 6 spacecraft during June. It carried cosmonaut Valentina V Tereshkova, the first woman ever to travel into space. (During the mission, medical experiments were conducted to test the effects of space travel on a female body, and 'live' video of Tereshkova was also broadcast on television across the countries of the Union.) ...
:: The Profumo Crisis happens in the UK, caused by the then war minister John Profumo having an affair with escort girl Christine Keeler while she was also involved with a Soviet Navy officer. He firmly stated to the House of Commons in March that there was "no impropriety whatever" in his relationship with Keeler - however, on June 5th he resigned, after admitting he had lied. ...
:: Studebaker, the famous US car maker, goes out of business and ends production in this year, following the increasing dominance of Ford and General Motors in the industry. A campaign of aggressive pricing, streamlined production and lower labour costs had finally sealed the fate of the classic car.

US: No. 3 - UK: No. 5
1963 - United States - Valiant Records (US, 1962) ; Warner Bros Records (UK, 1963) - [Not blocked anywhere]
Posted: 30th June 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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