Thursday, August 20, 2015

Did Lennon write "Rain" as a response to Hebb's "SUNNY" ? /Bobby Hebb plays Cincinnati; Beatles Cancel, August 20, 1966

Forty Nine Years Ago, Bobby Hebb performed "SUNNY" with the Remains in Cincinnati.

The Beatles, who would later write "Rain" - a counterpoint to "Sunny" - were rained out.

Rain, April 1966

The Beatles "Rain" music video
Rain was recorded on the "Paperback Writer"album on" 
April 14 1966
and it was released on May 30 1966 (US) & June 10 1966 (UK)

Remember, David Pike released "Sunny" in 1965, a year before it hit for Bobby Hebb.
Bobby was in the studio with Pike when the vibraphone instrumental was recorded for Atlantic Records' Jazz for the Jet Set lp.
Did John Lennon write "Rain" as a response to Bobby Hebb's "SUNNY" ???

The Beatles’ Cincinnati concert is postponed

The Beatles were due to have played an open-air show at Cincinnati's Crosley Field on this day. However, the promoter failed to provide a cover for the group, and heavy rain began shortly before they were due to take the stage.

The support acts on The Beatles' final tour were The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. The downpour began after each of the acts had completed their sets. The promoter originally insisted that The Beatles should perform, but they refused unless he could guarantee their safety.

In Cincinnati on August 20, torrential rain caused the cancellation of the show at Crosley Field Stadium, the first and only time this happened during The Beatles' touring years. The decision to put off the boys' appearance was taken when Mal [Evans] was thrown several feet across the stage while plugging into a wet amplifier. We were advised that touching any of the stage's rain-soaked electrical equipment could be lethal so Brian Epstein had no option but to call off the concert.

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