Brooklyn's own Neil Sedaka is a prolific pop singer/composer/songwriter who first hit the airwaves in the late 1950s with The Tokens. He's written and composed numerous songs for others, but has also scored some hits for himself. On February 1, 1975, he struck gold with the upbeat and tender "Laughter in the Rain," which flew to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts on this date. The pop classic was written by Sedaka's frequent collaborator Phil Cody.
The song is an effervescent ode to the small things in life that make love special, like "walking hand in hand with the one I love." Many songs of the 70s had an inherent joyfulness that was infectious. This song doesn't feel dialed in or over-produced, it feels genuine and relatable. It's as fresh and beautiful as a spring rain.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.
31 May 2021
The Isley Brothers added smokiness and umbre to it. They’re not just singing the song, they’re living it.
3 March 2021
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers’ dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. “Lovely Day” symbolizes the 70s, but it’s eternal in its outlook.
20 November 2020
The 70s had some of the best slow jams. Love songs were actually about love. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” from the album of the same title, is a worthy entry into the 70s catalog of golden love song hits. The silky tune blazed up the music charts in 1974 and remained at number one for a week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles…