It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'

by Wendell Hall

Top hit from: 10.02 to 08.06.1924

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"It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’" is the title of a novelty song that is entirely the creation of the "Red-Headed Music Maker", guitarist and vocalist Wendell Woods Hall (1896-1969). Much like that other major, much-quoted song of the early 1920s, Yes! We Have No Bananas, the novelty, vaudeville aspect of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo’" is similarly undeniable. Hall’s 1923 recording of the song, which was also popular in Britain, sold in excess of two million copies. Additionally, it scored 20 weeks on the U.S. charts, six at number one.
Part of the song is sang in The Plumber, a 1933 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short. Many antecedents exist from the 19th century. Note the thread at Mudcat.org "Ain't Gonna Rain No More" (the thread discussion begins in 1997). By the 1920's many variants were already extant in popular culture. Carl Sandburg suggests that the song goes back at least to the 1870's and includes verses in his "American Songbag.(published 1927.) This song cycle is an excellent example of the folk tradition of transmission with local variants abounding. Mr. Hall simply took some of what already existed and codified it probably with many of his own original verses. "The Midnight

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