It Never Rains In Southern California – Albert Hammond – 1972

Albert Hammond 1Written and sung by an Englishman in the US, Albert Hammond’s, It Never Rains in Southern California peaked at #2 on the US charts in 1972.

songwriter extraordinaire

Albert Hammond was born in London, England. His family were from Gibraltar but had to evacuate during WWII. When the war ended, he returned to Gibraltar and grew up there before moving to Spain, and then the US.

Albert’s best known as a songwriter, co-writing with people such as, Mike HazeAlbert Hammond 2aalwood, Hal David and Carol Bayer Sager.

Here’s a few of Albert’s better known efforts:

  • Leapy Lee’s, Little Arrows
  • The Pipkins’, Gimme Dat Ding
  • Blue Mink’s, Good Morning Freedom
  • The Fortunes’, Freedom Come, Freedom Go
  • The Hollies’, The Air That I Breathe
  • Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson’s, To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before
  • Starship’s, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
  • Leo Sayer’s, When I Need You,
  • Chicago’s, I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love, and
  • Whitney Houston’s, One Moment in Time (the theme song to the 1988 Seoul Olympics).

He’s also written songs for:

That’s quite a list!!

Albert Hammond 2awards well deserved

Albert received an OBE in and is an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

these days

These days Albert lives in LA. His most recent success was co-writing and co-producing Duffy’s album, Endlessly.

like father like son

Albert’s, Albert Hammond, Jr., is a member of The Strokes.

it never rains in southern california fax

  • It Never Rains in Southern California was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. It was released on October 21, 1972.
  • While it peaked at #2 in the US, It Never Rains in Southern California never made the top 40 in the UK. Throughout the 70s, it was re-issued at least five times by various labels but never became a hit, despite still being played regularly on UK radio.
  • The chorus of It Never Rains in Southern California is sung by Julio Iglesias his 1984 hit, Moonlight Lady, which Albert wrote with Carole Bayer Sager.
  • It Never Rains in Southern California lyrics.

it never rains in southern california – albert hammond – 1972 – video

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