Cascades

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Rhythm Of The Rain’

The song, “Rhythm Of The Rain”, was originally recorded by The Cascades in 1962

The wishy-washy, splishy-sploshy “Rhythm Of The Rain” was recorded by American five piece group, The Cascades and released as their second single in America in November 1962 and in the UK in January 1963. The song was an instant smash hit, peaking at No.3 Stateside and No.5 in the UK, while topping the charts in Canada, Ireland as well as being a top ten hit the rest of the world over. It became and remains to this day, their biggest hit and their signature tune.

Later in 1963, the song was recorded by French singer Sylvie Vartan, who took her version all the way to the top of the charts in her home country. There have been five other recordings of the song since then, including one from Neil Sedaka in 1984. But the most prominent version came from Austrlian singer and actor Jason Donovan in July 1990. His version, released as the fourth single from his second album “Between The Lines”, would reach No.9 in the UK, No.6 in Ireland and No.44 in his home country.

But which is the best version? THE CASCADES’ original or JASON’s cover?

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