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"Laughter in the Rain"
File:Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka.jpg
45 single cover in Germany
Song by Neil Sedaka
from the album Sedaka's Back
B-side"Endlessly" (US); "Kiddio" (UK); "Betty Grable" (Belgium)
ReleasedOctober 1974
LabelRocket (US); Polydor Records (Europe)
Songwriter(s)Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody

"Laughter in the Rain" is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka, composed by him with lyrics by Phil Cody. It includes a 20-second saxophone solo by Jim Horn.[1] Cody reports writing the lyrics in about five minutes after smoking marijuana and falling asleep under a tree for a couple of hours.[2]

Chart performance[]

In the USA, "Laughter in the Rain" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 1, 1975 (it was his first single to top the Hot 100 since 1962).[3] The song spent two weeks at the top of the adult contemporary chart.

The song was likewise a major hit in Canada, reaching number two on the pop singles chart and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was also released in the UK where it spent nine weeks on the Singles Chart, peaking at No. 15 on June 22, 1974.[4]

Cover versions[]

  • This song was covered by Ace Spectrum on their 1975 album entitled Low Rent Rendezvous.
  • The song was covered by Earl Klugh on his 1976 album Earl Klugh, by Thomas Anders (of Modern Talking fame) in his 1992 album Down on Sunset and by Pepe Jaramillo on his Mexican Tijuana / Mexican Gold album.
  • The Weather Girls covered the song on their 1985 album Big Girls Don't Cry.
  • In 2007 Donny Osmond released a cover of the tune on his solo studio album Love Songs of the '70s. The Ray Conniff Singers recorded a vocal harmony arrangement of the song on their 1975 album, Laughter In The Rain.
  • There was also a Finnish cover version performed by Markku Aro, entitled "Kun sä Vierelläin Sateesa Oot".
  • Disco funk-soul outfit Vitamin E covered this song on their 1977 release Sharing, featuring horns by Randy Brecker.[12]


  1. "Bob Weir & Neil Sedaka: West Meets East (Coast)" at
  2. "Songwriter Interviews: Philip Cody" at
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. "Neil Sedaka". 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  5. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  6. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  7. "Adult Contemporary Music Chart - Billboard". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  8. [1][dead link]
  9. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  10. "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  11. [2][dead link]
  12. "Vitamin E (3) - Sharing". Retrieved 8 October 2016.

Other sources[]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)

External links[]

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Preceded by
"Longfellow Serenade" by Neil Diamond
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
November 23, 1974 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy
Preceded by
"Please Mr. Postman" by The Carpenters
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 1, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Fire" by Ohio Players

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