Singin’ in the Rain


Excerpt from the Wikipedia song profile:

Singin’ in the Rain (m. Nacio Herb Brown, w. Arthur Freed) was published in 1929. However, it is unclear exactly when the song was written with some claiming that the song was written and performed as early as 1927. It became a hit and was recorded by a number of artists, notably Cliff Edwards, who also performed the number in the early musical sound film The Hollywood Revue of 1929. It was also performed on film by Jimmy Durante (in 1932’s Speak Easily) and Judy Garland (in 1940’s Little Nellie Kelly).

The song is probably best known today as the centerpiece of the 1952 musical film Singin’ in the Rain, in which Gene Kelly memorably danced to the song while splashing through puddles during a rainstorm. The song is also performed during the opening credits of the film, as well as in a scene toward the end of the movie, in which Debbie Reynolds’ character sings it while Jean Hagen’s character lip-syncs (although, ironically enough, Jean Hagen dubbed her own character’s dialogue instead of Debbie Reynolds).

It was also recorded by John Serry, Sr. and his sextet ensemble in 1954 for RCA Victor records under the musical direction of Ben Selvin on an LP vinyl disc. Scottish folk rock-singer John Martyn did an acoustic folk jazz-version on his album Bless The Weather in 1971, where he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar and sang several overdubbed backing vocals.


Annette Hanshaw and Cliff Edwards 1929


The Brox Sisters in the Singin’ in the Rain number of The Hollywood Revue of 1929

Cliff Edwards as Ukulele Ike introduces the number in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929). At about 2:25 the chorus is taken up by a male vocal harmony group (offscreen), then by the Brox Sisters, finishing with another chorus by the men.


Dorsey Brothers Orchestra – recorded 12 July 1929


Judy Garland – in the film Little Nellie Kelly (1940)


a portion of the song, from a documentary


Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical film Singin’ in the Rain



Tommy Steele and friend1983

The West End production, directed by Tommy Steele and choreographed by Peter Gennaro, opened on June 30, 1983 at the London Palladium, where it ran until September 1985.[1] The original cast included Steele as Don, Roy Castle as Cosmo, Danielle Carson as Kathy, and Sarah Payne as Lina and Julia.

The original film’s vocal score was embellished with additional tunes by Comden, Green, and Roger Edens, Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting, and Cole Porter. – Wikipedia


Nora Arnezeder and Féloche – 2010




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Alison
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 03:54:22

    Wow! Good site here! Some good pictures, lots of interesting information, as well.
    I love both Singin’ in the Rain and Judy Garland (doesn’t she have a beautifully unique voice?), so I was so excited to find that video WHICH HAS BEEN BLOCKED.
    Aside from that, this is a great site I’ll be coming back to!



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