A Summer Night’s Rain
(photo courtesy of Michelle Sundin)
"A Summer Night's Rain"
began its life as a poem and,
in answer to the growing demand for more and more songs for radio programs, Bob wrote music for it.
The result is a song as gentle as a soft rain in a hot and thirsty land.
"A Summer Night's Rain",
is also a prime example of how one of Bob's verses was changed slightly to suit
the listening public. In the last two lines of his original song, he concluded
...While it rains to comfort the plains down here
But where are you?
Because of the inadequacies of radio at the time, listeners heard it this way:
While it rains to comfort the plains.
Dawn's here, but where are you?
Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers bowed to the inevitable, as they did with Cool Water or Tumbling Tumbleweeds, and changed the lyric to what the listener thought he heard. The original verse is never used now. In the rendition of "A Summer Night's Rain" you are listening to as you read this page, Ken Curtis sings it as Bob had intended it to be sung. It was registered for copyright on July 4, 1936 and it was published as sheet music in "Songs of the Pioneers Folio No. 2", © 1936 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.
TRANSCRIPTIONS with "A Summer Night's Rain"
Songs of the Pioneers Folio No. 2, © 1936 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.
Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli
Standard Radio Transcription #3061, 1935
Teleways Transcriptions: #21-101-173-201-254
10-2-4 Time program:
#390 10-2-4 Time Show Date: 07/14/44 (37650-05)
29 November 1951. Transcription Disc TR-123, 124
Smokey the Bear 1959: Show #4