From their album Pendulum (1970), “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” is a song penned by John Fogerty and released as a single by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1971. Creedence Clearwater Revival, usually recognized as Creedence or CCR, was a rock band formed in El Cerrito, California, in the 1970s.
CCR’s music continues to be a mainstay of classic rock radio in the United States; 28 million CCR records have been sold in the United States. The album Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, which debuted in 1976, is still charting on the Billboard 200 album list.
Further, the album will hit 500 weeks in December 2020. It has been given a platinum rating of 10x times. After the album Mardi Gras was released in October of the following year, the band disbanded. After their breakup, the original CCR lineup rarely reformed. All four members appear on Tom’s 1974 album Myopia and at his wedding on October 19, 1980.
Quick points of the song
Song – Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Album – Pendulum
Singer– Creedence Clearwater Reviva
Produced by – John Fogerty
Written By – John Fogerty
Released Date – January 1971
Chart Success and Other Details
In March 1971, the song reached number one on Canada’s RPM 100 national singles chart. It reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart the same year in the United States, where it was classified as “Have You Ever Seen the Rain / Hey Tonight” with the B-side. It reached number three on the Cash Box pop chart.
It peaked at number 36 in the United Kingdom. The song became the group’s seventh gold-certified single. The band was rich and famous, but somehow all of the group members at the time were unhappy and depressed; thus, the song’s line “Have you ever seen the rain, coming down on a sunny day?”.