Everly Brothers: Crying in the Rain


One of the Everlys’ very best numbers (was there any other kind?) Crying in the Rain reached No 6 in both Britain and the US in 1962.

It had an unusual genesis. Two pairs of songwriters who worked for Aldon Music in the Brill Building, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller, decided on a whim to switch partners for a day. Greenfield and King came up with this brilliant song, but never wrote together again. I don’t know if Goffin and Keller wrote anything.

I think the 1962 recording showcases the Everlys’ voices at their peak. They sang it again at their reunion concerts at the Albert Hall on September 22 and 23, 1983, with quite a different flavour but still all the same appeal. I am not sure which of the two dates this was recorded.

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