|"It Never Rains in Southern California"|
|Single by Albert Hammond|
|from the album It Never Rains in Southern California|
|"Anyone Here in the Audience"|
|Released||October 21, 1972 (United States)|
3:20 (7" version)
|Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood|
|Albert Hammond, Don Altfeld|
|Albert Hammond singles chronology|
"It Never Rains in Southern California" is a 1972 song written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood and sung by Hammond, a British-born singer-songwriter. Instrumental backing was provided by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew. The song appears on Hammond's album It Never Rains in Southern California and peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In the UK, the song is perhaps the quintessential example of a turntable hit: a song that, although very frequently played and requested on radio, never makes it into the charts. Through the 1970s, the record was reissued at least five times by various labels but never charted, despite yet more airplay, and is still frequently heard on UK radio.
The song concerns the struggles of an actor who moves 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."
In 1989, Hammond re-recorded the song for his Best of Me greatest hits compilation.
Albert Hammond version
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs||74|