BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Rhythm of the Rain”

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

“Rhythm of the Rain” was a song written by John Claude Gummoe of The Cascades, who recorded and released it in November 1962. It rose as high as #3 on the Hot 100, and #1 on the Easy Listening charts. I’m sure you’ve heard it, but in the event you haven’t, here’s the original recording.

I should probably point out that, as it’s the original version, it’s not part of the battle. I just put it here in case you’ve never heard it, or forgot about it. Here are your choices:

CONTESTANT #1: Neil Sedaka

Neil is one of the great singers and songwriters of the early 1960’s. His popularity waned somewhat during the British Invasion and late 1960’s, but came roaring back in the mid-1970’s. His version of the song was released on his 1984 album Come See About Me. As a single, it reached #37 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US.

CONTESTANT #2: Jason Donovan

Australian actor and singer Jason Donovan recorded the song for his 1989 album Between The Lines. It was released as a single in 1990 and rose as high as #9 in the UK and #6 in Ireland.

NOW, IT’S TIME TO VOTE…

Which of these two versions of “Rhythm of the Rain” was your favorite, Sedaka’s disco-tinged release or Donovan’s late 1980’s pop version? Vote below in the comments, and give us a little hint as to why you liked that version the best. Then, after you’ve voted, be sure and stop by these blogs, many of which are also doing Battles this week, and hear what they have to offer.

Tossing It Out
Far Away Series
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
Your Daily Dose
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
This Belle Rocks
Book Lover
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Angels Bark
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Women: We Shall Overcome
Cherdo on the Flipside

As always, even though most people vote within the first 48 hours after the battle is released, I’ll announce the winner next Monday, June 22. See you then!

19 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Rhythm of the Rain”

  1. It’s funny because my preconceived notion was that I was going to go with Sedaka but I didn’t care for it at all. I vote for Jason Donovan since I preferred his voice over disco Sedaka

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  2. Hey John, thanks for letting me know I’m not ‘most people’. As BOTB grows, I’m finding it harder and harder to get around to all the participants in the weeks alotted time let alone the first 48 hours. when it falls on a Monday, it’s an even longer uphill climb for me.

    I found Neil’s version to be completely annoying. He sounded awful and even more feminine than I remembered. I also thought I knew this song, but NOT his version.

    Jason Donovan gets my vote. I can’t say that his version really wowed me, but at least it was the melody that I remember and his voice was more pleasant.

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  3. John, I have always liked Neil Sedaka, but (and you knew that was coming right?) his cover is just a bit too contemporary. The Cascade’s signature is the best for this song. Donovan kept the tempo and arrangement close to the original. It was a little faster than original and his vocals aren’t as smooth as Sedaka’s (despite him sounding like a woman), in my humble opinion. However, I’m giving my vote to Donovan. Great song choice and nice battle!

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  4. I didn’t realize Sedaka sounded so feminine until hearing his version of this song. I actually clicked over to YouTube to confirm that he was actually singing this song vs. a woman. Yep, it’s him. But, the fact that he sounds like a woman was jarring to my ear. Jason Donovan easily gets my vote in this installment.

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  5. Hi John! This one had me flipping back and forth to begin with. I’m a Sedaka fan, but this song escapes my memory. I was a bit put off by the melody change up – but it was the time frame for disco, as you said. Jason Donovan had an almost oriental flavored background – that was interesting. Such a strong rich voice. Nice pit against Sedaka’s.

    I vote for Jason Donovan. I liked his a bit more.

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  6. Hard to beat the Cascades with this song. I liked the sound of the rain and the xylophone. Made it very catchy.

    Normally I’d vote for Neil, he does well in multiple styles, but I liked the musical ups and downs of Jason’s version. And, I could hear the xylophone in there too. So Jason gets my vote.

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  7. I’ve always been a Neil Sedaka fan and I have never heard Jason Donovan before. So I was surprised to find out I preferred Jason Donovan more. I feel his song was closer to the original.

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  8. At first I thought I would surely vote for Neil Sedaka…Until I heard Jason Donovan. His version is far superior, in my opinion. My vote goes to Jason. I like his voice much better than Neil’s, even though I like Neil’s voice just fine…
    Michele at Angels Bark

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  9. Oh jeez, haha .. Ok, so both of these made me laugh out loud. Absoluetly not my style of music at all. But if I had to choose, I’d choose the one that made me laugh the least, which was the Neil Sedaka version, oddly enough. If you don’t want to count my vote, I understand haha

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  10. Yeah, Neil Sedaka has never been a favorite of mine. He sounds SO MUCH like a female singing that it almost creeps me out. A guy with a higher voice can be OK, but Neil sounds like Nelly. Also, he changed the melody line so much that it was almost a totally different song from the standard ‘Rhythm Of The Rain’.

    Jason Donovan didn’t do anything to make the song his own – it was basically just a very close cover of the original, however, because I knew what song I was hearing when he sang it, and because I preferred his voice, I will vote for his version in this Battle.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘Loyal American Underground’

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  11. Hmmm, tough choice as I didn’t really like either version. Jason Donovan’s was a little better in my opinion, so he gets my vote.

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  12. I prefer the early Sedaka to his disco influenced reinvention. It’s okay, but it’s a bit of a bore.

    Jason Donovan’s version is not particularly inventive either, but I guess it’s the better of the two versions.

    I vote for Jason Donovan. (But I’m still a fan of Sedaka)

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  13. Jason Donovan, hands down! I couldn’t even finish Sedaka’s version. I hate it when a singer covers a song and changes the melody. I’m not crazy about Neil Sedaka, but I like a few of his songs. I’ve never head of Jason Donovan, but he’s got a sweet, clear voice, and he kept the melody true to the original. I didn’t like some of the background music on that version, but his nice voice made up for that.

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