Mellow Moods For Rainy Days

Picture: Amanda de Vito
Enjoy this new part of Mellow Moods by The Smooth Operators! A rainy tribute to the FM radio sound of the late seventies and early eighties. Whether sad, defiant or uplifting, these rainy tunes bring a little light through the clouds.

Carole King became successful as a singer-songwriter in the 1970s, when she recorded ‘Tapestry’, but the previous decade she was most of all a songwriter (she composed ‘Crying In The Rain’, for instance). Together with then husband Gerry Goffin she wrote songs for The Drifters, The Righteous Brothers, their babysitter Little Eva and quite a few girl groups (who would influence Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse later on). Carole King made demos of her songs, so the performing artists would know how the compositions should sound. Those 'legendary demos' came out as an album a few years ago and they sometimes sound better than the recorded versions! Carole King gives the songs a softness and a sensitive touch that makes them deeper and richer. She’s also one of the artists on ‘The ladies of too slow to disco’, which came out not long ago.


Ann Peebles - I Can’t Stand The Rain (1965)
Chicago - Another Rainy Day In New York City (1976)
Paul Weller - Above The Clouds (1993)
Billy Griffin - Hold Me Tighter In The Rain (1982)
Carole King - Out In The Cold (1971)
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate (2016)
Santana - Stormy (1974)
Astrud Gilberto - Here’s That Rainy Day (1966)
Skipper Wise - Standing Outside In The Rain (1990)
Gwen McCrae - It Keeps On Raining (1975)
Jose James - Come To My Door (2013)
Nina Simone - Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (1969)
Stephen Bishop - Save It For A Rainy Day (1976)
Bibio - Raincoat (2013)
Dusty Springfield - Breakfast In Bed (1969)
Donald Fagen - Walk Between Raindrops (1982)
Emily King - Out In The Clouds (2015)
David Gates - Clouds (1973)
Bill Withers – Ain't No Sunshine (1971)
James Vincent – Waiting For The Rain (1978)
Kiki & Pearly РPatrick Mon Ch̩ri (1976)
Jae Mason – Cloud Of Sunshine (1975)
Dee Dee Bridgewater – Sweet Rain (1978)
Neil Sedaka – Laughter In The Rain (1975)
The Temptations – I Wish It Would Rain (1967)
Leon De Graaff – Pittsburgh In The Rain (1971)
Colbie Caillat – Make It Rain (2011)
Peabo Bryson – Can You Stop The Rain (1991)
Smokey Robinson – Quiet Storm (1975)
Cotton Lloyd & Christian – Crying In The Rain (1976)
Pam Feather – Cannot Change The Weather (2010)
Ren Harvieu – Walking In The Rain (2012)
The Walker Brothers – The Girl I Lost In The Rain (1965)
Kandace Springs – Rain Falling (2016)
Kadhja Bonet – Remember The Rain (2015)
The Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain (1984)


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