1974 Neil Sedaka – Laughter In The Rain (US:#1 UK:#15)

“Laughter In The Rain”is a song composed and recorded by Neil Sedaka, with lyrics by Phil Cody. It includes a 20-second saxophone solo by Jim Horn.

The song was released on Elton John’s Rocket Records.

After hearing a version of “Laughter in the Rain” by singer Lea Roberts on the radio several weeks before the planned release of his single, Sedaka phoned Elton John to have MCA Records rush the Sedaka version to release within five days.

The opening chord of the chorus was based on that used by John in “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, which Sedaka has described as a “drop-dead chord.” He combined that with a pentatonic melody inspired by Aaron Copland. Cody claims to have written the lyrics in about five minutes after smoking marijuana and falling asleep under a tree for a couple of hours.

Album

Musicians

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
OrganWilliam Smith
PianoNeil Sedaka
SaxJim Horn
Background VocalsAbigail Haness
Background VocalsBrian Russell
Background VocalsWilliam Smith
VocalsNeil Sedaka

Produced By

Neil Sedaka

Songwriters

Neil Sedaka
Phil Cody

Charts

US:#1
UK:#15