BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Rhythm of the Rain”


“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.


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!