It Never Rains in Southern California

"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.[2] 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.

"It Never Rains in Southern California"
Single by Albert Hammond
from the album It Never Rains in Southern California
B-side"Anyone Here in the Audience"
ReleasedOctober 21, 1972 (United States)
GenreSoft rock[1]
3:20 (7" version)
Songwriter(s)Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s)Albert Hammond, Don Altfeld
Albert Hammond singles chronology
"Down by the River"
"It Never Rains in Southern California"
"If You Gotta Break Another Heart"

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.[3]

Chart performance

Saori Minami version

Chart (1973) Peak
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart[18] 77

Trent Summar & the New Row Mob version

Chart (2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 74


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  15. Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 30, 1972
  17. Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1973
  18. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2009-01-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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