Favorite Songs about Rain #8 - "Rainy Night In Georgia"

@teamfreak16 (41998)
Denver, Colorado
July 25, 2016 6:24pm CST
"Rain, rain, go away..." Well, it's not going away anytime soon, because I'm doing my Favorite Songs about Rain series, an idea I stole from @JohnRoberts. We're at #8, the handsome Brook Benton, and his hit "Rainy Night in Georgia." Brook Benton made his name in the 50's/early 60's with an envious string of hits of which most artists can only dream. In fact, during his lengthy career, Benton had over 50 Billboard chart hits. The singer did hit a dry spell, however, going seven years without a major hit. Benton broke that streak in 1970 with the melancholy "Rainy Night in Georgia." The Gold record, on which Benton just oozes soul, reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is an iconic rain song, one of the best ever. The tune has been covered numerous times, most famously by Ray Charles (whose version is so good that you might think it was his song,) but also by artists as diverse as Boz Skaggs and the late reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs. But it's Benton that owns this song. (Information verified by Wikipedia.)
Brook Benton doing his big hit from 1970.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
26 Jul 16
What a great song and you know when a talent like Ray Charles covers it that you have a real winner on your hands. I never heard Boz Skaggs' version so I'll have to go check that one out.
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Jul 16
The Ray Charles version is really good. But this one. Wow!
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
26 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 I can't thank you enough for mentioning this song and all the versions. I'm so glad I found that Boz Scaggs version. It might actually be the first time I've "felt" the song!
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
27 Jul 16
@CRK109 - Boz is definitely a great singer. @FourWalls recently did a series of her favorite songs by him, it's definitely worth reading and listening to them.
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@JudyEv (136409)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jul 16
As you say this is a great song. Didn't Brook Benton do the boll weevil song?
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Jul 16
Yes! Yes he did.
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@JudyEv (136409)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 He had a great voice.
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@Deepizzaguy (15455)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 Jul 16
I like the song "Rainy Night In Georgia" even though I have never heard of singer Brook Benton.
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Jul 16
Too bad, he was one heck of a singer.
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@Deepizzaguy (15455)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
26 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 I guess Brook did not anything outrageous to be noticed like a lot of artist today.
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• Austin, Texas
9 Aug 16
Oh man! This song really made you feel the blues when you were down and feeling the blues. You know that line he sings saying “I believe it's raining all over the world.” Sometimes when you're down like that, you feel like the whole world must be crying too. This song is gold! It lets you wallow in your misery and sadness, and it kind of picks you up and lifts your spirit at the same time.
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Aug 16
And his voice is perfect for the song.
26 Jul 16
i like that, great song!
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Jul 16
Thank you. Glad you liked it!
26 Jul 16
Really beautiful songs, I did not know there were so many beautiful songs about rain :)
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Jul 16
There are lots of them.
@FourWalls (15707)
• United States
26 Jul 16
And, as I mentioned when I referenced "Polk Salad Annie" last week, this was written by Tony Joe White!
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Jul 16
I probably should have referenced that. Don't know why I didn't.
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Jul 16
One of my all time favorite songs and Brook Benton was really so great!
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Jul 16
He really was.
@JohnRoberts (64832)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Jul 16
This is the classic version of a classic song.
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Jul 16
It's definitely the definitive version. Dude was awesome.
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@TRBRocks420 (84187)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Jul 16
Great song choice about rain.