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Thursday, August 22, 2013


They Say it's Gonna Rain was originally recorded by Kerry Delius but it flopped.  It was later re-recorded and in my opinion improved upon by Hazell Dean.  Her version produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman became a big hit around Europe.  THEY SAY IT'S GONNA RAIN

Hazell unfortunately never had a hit single in the U.S.  She was played in clubs where Searhin' (I gotta find a man) was a gay anthem hitting #8 on the dance charts as well as it's follow-up Jealous Love/Evergreen the latter being her interpretation of the Barbara Streisand gem.  It peaked  in 1984.  Her next dance Top 10 wasn't until 1987 with Always Doesn't Mean Forever which peaked at #10.

So in other words her best song, They Say it's Gonna Rain didn't even chart on the U.S. dance charts but did get play as an import.  She also changed the lyrics a bit from the Kerry Delius version,  she substituted the line on the chorus though you can break my heart with they say it's gonna rain; the title of the song not being present on the chorus on Delius' version but was instead ad-libbed over the chorus at the end of the song. The song was also reworked at a faster tempo than the original.  Strangely enough though it was only a club hit in the U.K. in South Africa it went to #1 and in #6 in both Sweden and Norway.  Maybe the African style chanting was a bit much for a pop record but it's certainly what made it sound so incredible on a dancefloor.

Hazell Dean really came more into my consciousness when the East Enders character Heather mentioned that it was her favorite singer several times.  Then later she was murdered and a Hazell Dean song was played at her memorial.

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