Beatles released “Rain” on 30 May 1966 (56 years ago)

Beatles released “Rain” on 30 May 1966 (56 years ago) as the B-side of their “Paperback Writer” single. Both songs were recorded during the sessions for Revolver, although neither appear on that album. “Rain” was written by John Lennon and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. He described its meaning as “about people moaning about the weather all the time”.

B-side: “Rain”

A-side: “Paperback Writer”

Released: 30 May 1966

Recorded: 14 & 16 April 1966

Length: 2:59

Songwriter(s): Lennon–McCartney

Producer: George Martin

The song’s recording contains a slowed-down rhythm track, a droning bass line and backwards vocals. Its release marked the first time that reversed sounds appeared in a pop song, although the Beatles used the same technique on the Revolver track “Tomorrow Never Knows”, recorded days earlier. Ringo Starr considered “Rain” his best recorded drum performance. Three promotional films were created for the song that are considered among the early precursors of music videos.

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