Johnny Rivers – Summer Rain ——— Songs that reference The Beatles

All summer long we were dancing in the sand, Everybody just kept on playing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Ok, I’m cheating a little on this kinda… It doesn’t mention “Beatles” but Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the Beatles alter ego on the Sgt Peppers album.

This song was a hit for Johnny Rivers and it was written by James Hendricks. Summer Rain was on his Realization album released in 1968. It was written about the Summer of Love in 1967. The song peaked at #14 in the Billboard 100, #10 in Canada in 1968.

I like Johnny Rivers…he was strictly a singles artist and had some good songs. He did chart a lot of covers in his career. He had 29 songs in the top 100, 9 top ten songs and 1 number 1 (Poor Side of Town).

I first heard this song in the 80s on a local oldies station at the time… 96.3 in Nashville.

 

Summer Rain

Summer rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream
My love, warm as the sunshine
Sitting here by me, yeah
She’s here by meShe stepped out of a rainbow
Golden hair shining like moonglow
Warm lips, soft as her soul
Sitting here by me, now
She’s here by meAll summer long we were dancing in the sand
Everybody just kept on playing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”We sailed into the sunset
Drifting home, caught by a gulf stream
Never gave a thought for tomorrow
Let tomorrow be, yeah
Let tomorrow be
She wants to live in the Rockies
She says that’s where we’ll find peace
Settle down, raise up a family
One to call our own, yeah
We will have a home
All summer long we were grooving in the sand
Everybody just kept on playing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Winter snows drift by my window
North wind blowing like thunder
Our love is burning like fire
She’s here by me, yeah
She’s here by me
Let tomorrow be
Songwriters: James Hendric

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

18 thoughts on “Johnny Rivers – Summer Rain ——— Songs that reference The Beatles”

  1. Johnny Rivers to me is one of those artist who I never thing of- until I hear one of his songs- and I agree he was a good singles artist. I always liked this song- I think because he mentioned Sgt. Pepper’s which caught my attention the first time I heard it.

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  2. Johnny Rivers had an ear for a good song. That, in and of itself, is a talent. He was also songwriter and studio musician for years before he made it. Funny, how just about all his hits are covers. I think he wrote Poor Side of Town, but I’m not sure.

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    1. Rivers was a good singer and very successful over all…he didn’t write much but had a good career.
      I remember him most when I was a kid and “Slow Dancing” came out.

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