About the song
If you love classic rock and roll songs, you might be familiar with the Everly Brothers, one of the most influential duos in music history. Their harmonious vocals and catchy melodies have inspired countless artists, from the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel. One of their most popular songs is “Crying in the Rain”, a melancholic ballad about hiding one’s emotions after a breakup. But do you know the story behind this song? In this blog post, we will explore the history of “Crying in the Rain”, from its creation to its legacy.
“Crying in the Rain” was composed by Carole King with lyrics by Howard Greenfield, both of whom worked for Aldon Music, a famous songwriting company in New York. The song was the only collaboration between King and Greenfield, who normally worked with different partners. According to King, they decided to switch partners for a day as a challenge, and wrote “Crying in the Rain” in about 20 minutes.
The song was originally recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1962, and released as a single with “I’m Not Angry” as the B-side. The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, and also reached the top 10 in several other countries, including Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the UK.
The Everly Brothers performed “Crying in the Rain” on several TV shows, such as The Ed Sullivan Show and Shindig!. They also sang it live at their concerts, often with Phil Everly playing a 12-string guitar. The song became one of their signature tunes, and showcased their impeccable harmony and expressive delivery.