Fiday Playlist: April Showers
Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Playlist where members of the Times-Tribune staff submit their music picks based on a theme.
There was a lot of interest in doing a theme based on April showers, so this week’s theme is Songs About Rain.
The Whazoos - The Rains Came (Rain, Rain, Rain) Joe Butkiewicz A Freddy Fender song. There’s a version by the Sir Douglas Quintet but here’s a version by a local band that was popular in 1968 or so. Guns N’ Roses - November Rain Jessica Matthews This is one of my all-time favorites. I love Slash’s guitar solo. B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head Pat McKenna Great scene from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” plus the B side of the single is “Send My Picture to Scranton, PA” Bob Dylan (performed by Widespread Panic) - Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall Chad Sebring Absolutely one of my top 5 favorite songs of all time Grateful Dead - Box of Rain Ted Baird No, Chad Sebring did not hack my account... this is my pick. I’m not crazy about the Dead but they do have some great songs and this is one of them. Plus it’s been on my son’s playlist recently, so it’s been in my head. Beta Band - Dry the Rain Ed Pikulski We’ve all felt this way. Donna Summer - MacArthur Park Joe Healey Glad I got to see Donna Summer perform this song in 2010 at SUNY Binghamton. It has been done by many artists, but Donna’s Summer’s version shines. “Someone left the cake out in the rain.” Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks Chad Sebring Great drums! Blind Melon - No Rain Brian Fulton This song was a jam in college. Van Morrison - In the Garden Pat McKenna Beautiful live rendition; can almost see the glistening field after a summer shower..... The Carpenters - Rainy Days and Mondays Jim Lockwood Karen’s perfect voice perfectly conveys the sadness inherent in this sad song. Gene Kelly - Singin’ in the Rain Jim Lockwood Gene Kelly’s character in one of the greatest movies of all time with one of the greatest dance scenes of all time is named “Don Lockwood.” No relation. Nick Lowe - Raining Raining John Cole Rain inevitably is a metaphor for teardrops. This song mines that vein as well as any. Electric Light Orchestra - Showdown John Cole Because ELO is awesome and “it’s rainin’ all over the world.” The Temptations - I Wish It Would Rain John Cole No one sells justifiable self-pity so convincingly as David Ruffin. It’s a soul classic. Sir Douglas Quintet - The Rains Came Jim Haggerty Doug Sahm and his band cracked the Billboard Top 50 in 1966 with this tune, penned by the legendary Cajun impresario Huey P. Meaux. It has a catchy, cocktail lounge, 1960s vibe, driven the Quintet’s singular Vox organ sound. Flying Burrito Brothers - Wind and Rain Jim Haggerty The re-formed Burritos, following the departure of Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and associates, emerged in the mid-1970s to revive the band’s original “cosmic American music” purpose. Written by Gene Parsons, who drummed for the Byrds before joining joined the refried Burritos, this song is overproduced, but has thoughtful lyrics and a moving, sad sentiment. Brook Benton - Rainy Night in Georgia David Singleton A rain song that drips with soul.