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Singin' in the Rain (song)

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"Singin' in the Rain"
Song
Language English
Published 1929 (1929)
Songwriter(s) Arthur Freed
Composer(s) Nacio Herb Brown
Gene Kelly performing the song in the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain.
Gene Kelly performing the song in the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain.

"Singin' in the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929.

The song is a centerpiece of the musical film of the same name, Singin' in the Rain (1952). It is unclear exactly when the song was written; it has been claimed that the song was performed as early as 1927. The song was listed as No. 3 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.

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Transcription

Contents

Song form

The song has an unusual form: the 32-bar chorus, rather than being preceded by a verse and containing an internal bridge as was becoming standard at the time, opens the song and then is followed by a 24-bar verse that has the feeling of a bridge before the chorus repeats.

Covers

"Singin' in the Rain" was first performed by Doris Eaton Travis in the 1929 revue The Hollywood Music Box Revue.[1] The song became a hit and was recorded by a number of artists, notably Cliff Edwards, who also performed the number with the Brox Sisters in the early MGM musical The Hollywood Revue of 1929. B.A. Rolfe and his Lucky Strike Orchestra recorded the song possibly as early as 1928 but perhaps 1929.[2] The song was performed by Annette Hanshaw in her album Volume 6, on film by a nightclub band as dance music and sung in a Chinese dialect in The Ship from Shanghai (1930), by Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily (1932), by Judy Garland in Little Nellie Kelly (1940), and as background music at the beginning of MGM's The Divorcee (1930) starring Norma Shearer.

Mint Royale version

"Singin' in the Rain"
Mint Royale SITR.jpg
Single by Mint Royale
from the album See You in the Morning and Pop Is...
Released August 22, 2005 (UK)
Format CD single, 12" vinyl, digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Electronica, house
Length 2:04 (short radio edit)
3:26 (Pop Is... album version)
2:47 (See You in the Morning album version)
Label Faith & Hope, Direction Records
Songwriter(s) Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed
Producer(s) Mint Royale
Mint Royale singles chronology
"Wait for You"
(2005)
"Singin' in the Rain"
(2005)
"The Effect on Me"
(2005)

"Singin' in the Rain" was remixed in 2005 by Mint Royale. It was released as a single in August 2005 after being featured in an advert for the VW Golf GTI,[9] peaking at No. 20 on the UK Singles Chart.

Three years later in 2008, due to the exposure of the song via the performance of then-unknown dancer George Sampson on the reality TV series Britain's Got Talent, the track went to No. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 in the UK in 2008. It re-entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 28 on June 1, 2008 and climbed to No. 1 the next week, selling 45,987 copies, knocking Rihanna's "Take a Bow" down to the Number 2 spot.

Sheila B. Devotion version

A 1978 disco version of Singin' in the Rain by the French pop singer Sheila B. Devotion made No. 3 in the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[10] and the Netherlands Top 100,[11] No. 4 on the Nationale Hitparade,[12] No. 11 on the German[13] and UK Singles Chart,[14] No. 2 on the Swedish Singles Chart,[15] No. 3 on the Italian Singles Chart[16] and No. 30 on the Hot Dance Club Songs.[17]

Taco version

In 2010, Dutch pop singer Taco released a version of it as his second single from After Eight, which peaked at No. 49 in Germany, No. 46 in Canada and No. 98 in the UK.[18][19][20]

Selected appearances in media

Charts

Chart (2005)[22] Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 20
Chart (2008)[22] Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 3

References

  1. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Simonson, Robert (May 11, 2010). "Doris Eaton Travis, Among the Last of the Ziegfeld Girls, Dead at 106". Playbill. Playbill.com. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  2. ^ Found on "Music of the Lost Generation 1910s to 1930s", CD compilation issued 2007
  3. ^ https://sites.google.com/site/franciscocanarodiscography/recordings-in-chronological-order/electric-recordings-I#N1876
  4. ^ https://sites.google.com/site/franciscocanarodiscography/recordings-in-chronological-order/electric-recordings-I#N1904
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Leif Garrett, Same Goes for You". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Prom 22: A Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals, John Wilson Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London". The Independent.
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4312217.stm
  10. ^ "Top 40-artiesten (A)". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012.
  11. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. "Top 40-artiesten". Top40.nl.
  12. ^ Netherlands: Nationale Hitparade (currently Single top 100)
  13. ^ Germany: Musikmarkt/Media Control Charts
  14. ^ "ChartArchive – Sheila And B Devotion". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012.
  15. ^ Sweden: Sverigetopplistan – Singles Top 60
  16. ^ "Hit Parade Italia – Top Annuali Single: 1978".
  17. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Sheila – Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic.
  18. ^ "Charts.de: Taco (Singles)". charts.de. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  19. ^ "RPM: 50 Singles (Volume 39, No. 1, September 03, 1983)". RPM. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  20. ^ "Chartstats.com: Singing in the Rain". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Hess, Earl J.; Dabholkar, Pratibha A. (2009). Singin’ in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-7006-1656-5.
  22. ^ a b "Mint Royale discography". http://www.polyhex.com. External link in |publisher= (help)
  • The Ship From Shanghai. TCM. January 2, 2014. Television.
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