EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘The Day the Rains Came’ – Jane Morgan

What was the number one song in the UK on 23rd January 1959?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American singer, Jane Morgan was number one for 1 whole week with The Day the Rains Came.

This is a gorgeous song. I love how the lyrics describe all the joy of rain and the beauty it brings. The tune an vocals have a dreamy quality to it and Jane’s voice is sublime too. I’m off to listen to the French now. Mai oui!


“The Day the Rains Came” is a song made famous by Jane Morgan, which she released in 1958 as a single and on the album The Day the Rains Came. The song is an adaptation of the French language song “Le jour où la pluie viendra”, which itself was the B-side of Morgan’s version. The French lyrics were written by Pierre Delanoë. The music was composed by Gilbert Bécaud and the English lyrics were written by Carl Sigman.

In 1957, versions of “Le jour où la pluie viendra” were released Gilbert Bécaud and by Dalida. Bécaud and Dalida’s versions reached No. 3 in Wallonia, in a tandem ranking, while Bécaud’s version reached No. 20 in Flanders independently.

Jane Morgan’s version of the song reached No. 1 on the UK’s New Musical Express chart, spending 16 weeks on the chart overall, while spending 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 21. The song also reached No. 4 on Canada’s CHUM Hit Parade and No. 7 on Norway’s VG-lista.


“The day that the rains came down
Mother Earth smiled again
Now the lilacs could bloom
Now the fields could grow greener
The day that the rains came down
Buds were born, love was born
As the young buds will grow
So our young love will grow
Love, sweet love
A robin sang a song of love
A willow tree reached up to the heavens
As if to thank the sky above
For all that rain, that welcome rain
We looked across the meadowland

And seemed to sense a kind of a miracle
Much too deep to understand
And there we were, so much in love
The day that the rains came down
Mountain streams swelled with pride
Gone the dry river bed
Gone the dust from the valley
The day that the rains came down
Buds were born, love was born
As the young buds will grow
So our young love will grow
Love, sweet love
Rain, sweet rain”

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