Sing-a-Long Saturday – It Never Rains (in Southern California)

Nov 20, 2010 by Lisa Newton

With the weather a bit less sunny than usual for the weekend, I thought the perfect song for today’s Sing-a-Long Saturday is It Never Rains (in Southern California).

After doing a bit of research, though, I discovered two unrelated songs with the same title, so let’s see what this coincidence is all about.

Written and recorded in 1972, by Albert Hammond, and Mike Hazlewood, It Never Rains (in Southern California) peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that year.

Hammond’s singing success crossed both the English and Spanish markets. Over the years, Hammond has written songs for, or collaborated, with Carole Bayer Sager, on When I Need You, Diane Warren on Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, for Jefferson Airplane and I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love, a hit song for the monster 70’s band–Chicago.

He also participated in the theme song for the 1988 Summer Olympics, One Moment in Time, performed by Whitney Houston, and with Hal David, co-wrote To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before, a monster hit in 1984, for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson.

Here’s Hammond performing It Never Rains (in Southern California):

Another pop group, Tony! Toni! Tone! also recorded a totally different It Never Rains (in Southern California), which peaked at #1 on Billboards’ Hot R&B Songs chart in 1990.

Hailing from Oakland, CA, Tony! Toni! Toné! is an American new jack swing/R&B group, whose name is derived from Andy García’s portrayal of an Italian American sharpshooter in The Untouchables.

From 1988-1997, the band had various members over the years, but in 2003, the band’s reunion resulted in Diary, and when released as a single in the fall of 2004, it gave them their first Top 10 US hit in eleven years.

Today, Tony! Toni! Tone! is busy touring.

So, for totally different tune with the same title, today’s the perfect day to listen:

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