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Novelty Song Friday #3 — It’s Raining Sunshine, written by Johnny Marks, sung by Morey Amsterdam

One of my favorite Christmas holiday movies is Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer. A sequel was made, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. I don’t remember a lot of the plot of the sequel, but I do remember a song from it. That song popped into my head the other day when the sun started shining, but I couldn’t remember where it was from. Google saves the day, as always. A special thing about the song is that it’s one my oldest son loved as a kid. I have him singing it on cassette tape. I just got off of the phone with him after calling him at the hospital. I asked him if he remembered the show and he didn’t really, but when I started singing the song to him, he remembered it. It’s the small things in life that aren’t really so small that give life its splendor.

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year is an American-Japanese 1976 Christmas/New Year’s stop motion animated television special and a sequel to the 1964 special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The special premiered on ABC on December 10, 1976. Three years later, it was also aired on TV Asahi in Japan on December 24, 1979 under the Japanese dub title 赤鼻のトナカイ ルドルフ物語 (Akahananotonakai Rudorufu Monogatari).

Cast:

  • Red Skelton as Father Time (Narrator), Baby Bear

  • Billie Richards as Rudolph

  • Morey Amsterdam as One Million BC

  • Frank Gorshin as Sir 1023, Quarter Past Five

  • Paul Frees as 1776, Santa Claus, General Ticker, Eon the Terrible, Humpty Dumpty

  • Don Messick as Papa Bear, Rumpelstiltskin, Prince Charming, Seven Dwarfs

  • Harold Peary as Big Ben the Whale

  • Iris Rainer as Mama Bear, Nanny Nine O’Clock

Crew:

  • Producers/Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.

  • Writer: Romeo Muller

  • Music/Lyrics: Johnny Marks

  • Design: Paul Coker, Jr.

  • Sound Recording: William Bell, John Curcio, Don Hahn

  • Effects: Tom Clack

  • “Animagic” Production Supervisors: Ichiro Komuro, Akikazu Kono

  • Post Production Supervisor: Irwin Goldress

  • Music Arranger/Conductor: Maury Laws

The song that popped into my head the other day is, “It’s Raining Sunshine.”  There are a few more lyrics listed than I think he sings in this clip, but that’s ok.

 

 

Sunshine, sunshine, raining sunshine

When you think all hope is gone
There’s a place somewhere beyond
Take a chance and realize
It’s right before your very eyes

Leave the dark clouds far behind
And step outside, the weather’s fine

It’s raining sunshine
It’s raining sunshine
All over mankind
It’s raining sunshine

As real as it can be
Believe in what you see
It’s not just in your mind
It’s raining sunshine

Sunshine, sunshine, raining sunshine
Sunshine, sunshine, raining sunshine

Something’s in the atmosphere
Don’t be scared of what you fear
Look around the storm has passed
Just hurricanes of happiness

Raise up your umbrellas high
And stand beneath, the clear blue sky

It’s raining sunshine
It’s raining sunshine
All over mankind
It’s raining sunshine

As real as it can be
Believe in what you see
It’s not just in your mind
It’s raining sunshine

Too many wonders to explain
Rays of sunlight, drops of rain
Coming down from up above
Cloudy with a chance of love

Can’t you feel it in the air?
Sweet sensations everywhere
Whatever weather is in store
Bring it on, cause I want more
Sunshine, sunshine, raining sunshine
It’s raining sunshine
It’s raining sunshine
All over mankind
It’s raining sunshine
As real as it can be
Believe in what you see
It’s not just in your mind
It’s raining sunshine
Songwriter: Johnny Marks

12 thoughts on “Novelty Song Friday #3 — It’s Raining Sunshine, written by Johnny Marks, sung by Morey Amsterdam

  1. I was thinking I’d never heard this one but as soon as the chorus started I recognized it! I don’t remember seeing the movie but I must have at one point. I just love the idea of raining sunshine 🙂

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