Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
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|"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"|
|Single by B. J. Thomas|
|Writer(s)||Hal David and Burt Bacharach|
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" is a song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. David and Bacharach also won Best Original Score. The version by B. J. Thomas was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in January 1970 for four weeks and the first number-one single of the 1970s. It also spent seven weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart.
The song was recorded in seven takes, after Bacharach expressed dissatisfaction with the first six.
.Ray Stevens had been first offered the opportunity to record the song for the motion picture, but turned it down. He chose instead to record "Sunday Morning Coming Down," which was written by Kris Kristofferson. Bob Dylan is also supposed to have been approached for the song, but he too reportedly turned down the offer.
The song is featured in the Leslie Nielsen movie Spy Hard, which parodies the scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where the song plays. It also is featured on the soundtracks of Forrest Gump and the superhero film, Spider-Man 2, in the latter accentuating Peter Parker's blissful mood after abandoning his Spider-Man identity and its responsibilities. Most recently it was used in the Kevin Smith film Clerks II. It was also sung in The Simpsons episode, "Duffless". Also, the first episode of the second season from Grey's Anatomy is named after the song.
B.J. Thomas's version was listed at #12 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time.
The song has been covered numerous times, most notably by the Rat Pack. The Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers maintain it in their repertoire of live songs, playing it as part of an acoustic set during concerts. The band recorded a version of the song complete with trumpet solo by their drummer Sean Moore. This was the first piece of music the band recorded after the disappearance of guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards, and saw release on the 1995 charity album Help. This version also appears on their 2003 B-sides and rarities compilation album Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers). The Manics further referenced the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with a b-side song called "Sepia". It includes the lines: "And just like the moment in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid / I'm perpetually stuck in a sepia film / But bleeding inside I manage to keep it all in".
It has also been covered by French singer Sacha Distel (whose version was a hit in the United Kingdom as well as France)..
The Four Tops featured a cover of the song on their album Changing Times in 1970.
Paul Mauriat recorded it by his Grand Orchestra it 1973. This version was only "Raindrops Keep Falling" cover known in USSR.
Delroy Wilson recorded a reggae version for the song that doesn't appear on any of his official albums; the record can be found on 7" and is considered rare.
Mute Beat also recorded a reggae version for their 1989 album March.
The Flaming Lips covered this song on their 1996 Brainville EP. Ben Folds Five also covered the song for the 1998 Burt Bacharach tribute TV special and soundtrack One Amazing Night. In 2005 Australian band Jebediah covered the song for Triple J's Like a Version compilation.
In 1998, Shonen Knife covered it as part of the Big Deal Recording Artists Perform The Songs Of Burt Bacharach project.
The former football player and actor David Ginola sang a rather memorable version of this on Stars in Their Eyes.
In 2008, Niki Chow & Patrick Tang have sung a song with this melody. It's called "Believing in Fairy Stories", and it is the end-of-episode song for The King Of Snooker, a drama series that they have both starred in.
- In the Internet Series Unforgotten Realms, Douglas sings this song before Sir Schmoopy falls on him from above.
- In the book The Lightning Thief, as Percy rides in the elevator, he hears, "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head, fallin' on my head..."
- The song "In the Cage" from Genesis' 1974 concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway incorporates a lyrical and musical reference to the song at one point.
- ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
- ^ A Song A Day - Raindrops Keeps Falling On My Head, Music Aloud
- ^ Niki Chow & Patrick Tang's version of Raindrops Keeps Falling On My Head
|Preceded by |
"Someday We'll Be Together" by Diana Ross & the Supremes
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single |
January 3, 1970 (four weeks)
|Succeeded by |
"I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5
|Preceded by |
"Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair
|Academy Award for Best Original Song |
|Succeeded by |
"For All We Know" from Lovers and Other Strangers