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‘It Never Rains in Southern California” by Albert Hammond – Classic Hit or Miss [VIDEO]

The Song was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, is the title of a song first released by Hammond, a British born singer-songwriter, in 1972. Hammond’s version peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that year.

In the UK the song is perhaps the quintessential example (alongside The Doobie Brothers “Listen to the Music”) of a turntable hit: A song which, although very frequently played and requested on radio, never makes it into the charts. Through the 1970s, the record was re-issued at least 5 times by various labels – but remained outside the UK top 40, despite yet more airplay – it’s still to be heard on UK radio on a very regular basis.The song concerns the struggles of a singer who moves out to California to pursue a career in Hollywood but does not have any success and deteriorates in the process. In the chorus, Hammond sings, “It never rains in California, but girl don’t they warn ya. It pours, man it pours.”

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