I Wish It Would Rain

Album: The Temptations Wish It Would Rain (1967)
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Songfacts®:

  • The lyrics of this mournful song about a heartbroken man whose woman had just left him were penned by Motown staff writer Roger Penzabene. The lyricist had just learnt that his wife was cheating on him and in his sorrow and pain, Penzabene penned both this and its follow-up "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)." Tragically the distraught Penzabene committed suicide barely a week after the single's release.
  • Many artists have covered this including Gladys Knight & the Pips (whose version went to #41 in the US), Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and The Faces (whose 1973 version, which was a double A-sided single along with "Pool Hall Richard," peaked at #8 in the UK).

Comments: 6

  • Mike from New JerseyThis song has been haunting me since last Thursday. I took my mom to see Ain't Too Proud - The Temptations Musical on Broadway. The performers sing this song at the death of MLK in the show. I suddenly remembered how my father had this album and loved this song. He dealt with depression all his life. He was my rock and guide. He's no longer here and really had an emotional moment when they sang this song. It's just such a sad song. The Temps may have been know as a pop group known for Ain't too proud to beg and Shout, but many of their lyrics were beyond their time. If you haven't seen the show and can, don't hesitate. It's a history of the group, Motown and racism. Plus, the song arrangements are phenomenal and the performers are astounding; they really recreate that sound perfectly.
  • Les from UkSong writer Rodger Penzabene had just found out his wife was cheating on him with another man. Unable to deal with the pain as he expressed in the lyrics of this song and in another of his songs, "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)".
    Penzabene committed suicide a week after the single's release in 1967
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 27th 1968, Gladys Knight and the Pips appeared in concert in Gary, Indiana...
    At the time the quartet's covered version of "I Wish It Would Rain"* was in its first of four weeks at #41 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and this was also its peak position on the chart...
    It would reach #15 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Opening the concert was a local family group, the Jackson 5, and Ms. Knight was so impressed with the brothers that she recommends them to Motown Records head, Berry Gordy, Jr.
    * Earlier in 1968 on February 11th the Temptations' original version of the song peaked at #4 {for 3 weeks} on the Top 100...
    {See the next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 7th 1968, "I Wish It Would Rain" by the Temptations entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 11th it peaked at #4 (for 3 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on the very day it peaked on the Top 100 it reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Personally, if I had to name my favorite Temp record, I just couldn't do it; because this one , "My Girl", and "Just My Imagination" are three 'SUPER' songs and no way could I decide...
    Sadly, composer Roger Penzabene passed away on December 31st, 1967; just a week before "I Wish It Would Rain" entered the Top 100.
  • Tony from Vienna, WvMy wife and I have seen the Temptations reivew several times. Each time I enjoy the music as I close my eyes and remember the day when the songs were new.... and how I miss those days. The Temptations were a group that had as many negative issues as it had positive ones. However, in the whirl of bad and good, they came together and put out the best music that Motown or anyone else had or ever has. I think about the way it was, and wish it was again. God bless all of those who gave us the music..... Living and dead.
  • Betty from Dayton, OhThis has got to be one of those songs ANYONE can relate to! Anyone that has felt heartache would understand....
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