Brooke Benton – “Rainy Night in Georgia”

Image result for brook benton photos

Photo Credit: bing.com/images

It takes a great writer to write a song with lyrics that have an impact upon those listening. It also takes a great singer to bring those lyrics to life so that each listener can visualize what’s being sang and understand each word with clarity; But lastly it takes great musicians to bring everything together and add a masterpiece of music that breathes life into the song and makes the listener drift away to the place that the singer is describing in their lyrics. When I say there are songs out there that when heard, have a way of taking you way back. This song happens to be one of them. Brook Benton sang this song as if he wrote it from an experience he had and was a part of his past. The song begins with “Musicians, Cornell Dupree (guitar), Toots Thielman’s (harmonica) and Harold Cowart (bass).

The song was the last big hit for Benton; he died in 1988 at age 56.

“Rainy Night in Georgia” was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, the song peaked at #1 on the R&B charts and peaked at #4 on the US charts in March 1970.

Tony Joe White had left Georgia when he wrote this song. He had been living in Texas for about eight months when he heard the Bobbie Gentry song “Ode To Billie Joe” on the radio, and the lightbulb turned on. “I thought, How real!” White told us. “And if I ever decided to write a song, I’d write something real and something that I knew about. I knew about rainy nights, and within about two weeks the song was laid down.”

This has been covered by Ray Charles, Hank Williams Jr. and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

This was #498 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

 

Song Lyrics –

Hoverin’ by my suitcase
Tryin’ to find a warm place to spend the night
Heavy rain’s fallin’
Seems I hear your voice callin’ “it’s all right”

A rainy night in Georgia
A rainy night in Georgia
Lord, I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world
I feel like it’s rainin’ all over the world

Neon signs a-flashin’
Taxicabs and buses passin’ through the night
A distant moanin’ of a train
Seems to play a sad refrain to the night

But it’s a rainy night in Georgia
Such a rainy night in Georgia
Lord, I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world
I feel like it’s rainin’ all over the world

How many times I wondered
It still comes out the same
No matter how you look at it or think of it
It’s life and you just got to play the game

Find me a place in a box car
So I take my guitar to pass some time
Late at night when it’s hard to rest
I hold your picture to my chest and I feel fine, I feel fine

But it’s a rainy night in Georgia
Baby, it’s a rainy night in Georgia
Lord, I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world
Kinda lonely now and it’s rainin’ all over the world

Rainin’, rainin’ rainin’, rainin’, rainin’ rainin’, rainin’, rainin’, rainin’, rainin

Writer/s: TONY WHITE, TONY JOE WHITE
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

     Video Credit: YouTube.com
Advertisements

9 thoughts on “Brooke Benton – “Rainy Night in Georgia”

      1. I wonder if Elvis done this song? It sounds like something he would cover but he could NOT sound as good as this guy!

        Oh…I have an interview next Friday! 17th…woo hoo…a sit down interview.

        1. I will check and see if Elvis did this song. No, he couldn’t have sounded as great as Brooke Benton. I know he did “Polk Salad Annie.” Tony White wrote both songs and you would love listening to him sing and play that guitar. He was amazing and had a voice on him.

          Great…it didn’t take long at all. I will be keeping you in my prayers! Woohoo!

      2. I wonder if Elvis done this song? It sounds like something he would cover but he could NOT sound as good as this guy!

        Oh…I have an interview next Friday! 17th…woo hoo…a sit down interview.