Monday, February 9, 2009


"Rain" has several interesting Beatles facts associated with it. It was the B side to "Paperback Writer" and was recorded April 14, 1966 at Abbey Road. It was later featured on the LP that came to be known as the Hey Jude album, a compilation of later Beatles-era singles that had been released in Great Britain (where singles were never included on LPs).

The line "When the rain comes, they run and hide their heads" is played backwards toward the end, the second instance when the Beatles started experimenting with tape loops (the first being "Tomorrow Never Knows," recorded a few days earlier).

The song was released in the UK on June 10 and in America on May 30, 1966.

Ringo Starr has maintained for over 40 years that his drumming on "Rain" is the best work he has ever done. He has made this comment in numerous interviews as well as in The Beatles Anthology.

Lennon, who wrote the song, sings lead vocal, with Harrison and McCartney doing backing vocals. Harrison plays lead guitar, Lennon rhythm, McCartney bass, and Starr drums.

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