The Cascades

The CascadesFrom: San Diego, CA, USA

The Cascades were an American vocal group best known for the single “Rhythm Of The Rain,” recorded in 1964. The song became an international hit the following year. In 1960, The Silver Strands were a group of United States Navy personnel serving on the USS Jason (AR-8) based in San Diego. John Gummoe, originally their manager, was recruited, and they all left the Navy to form The Thundernotes. The band’s original lineup was John Claude Gummoe (vocals), Lenny Green (vocals, lead guitar), Art Eastlick (rhythm guitar), Dave Stevens (bass), and Dave Wilson (drums, vocals). Their lone recording, “Thunder Rhythm,” was recorded with DelFi Records in Holloywood, owned and managed by Bob Keane. Green left shortly after, and the band acquired Eddie Snyder (guitar), Von Lynch (keyboards), and Ronald Lynch (keyboards, saxophone).

The band was heavily influenced by The Beach Boys and became more interested in vocal harmony. They recorded demos and signed with Barry De Vorzon at Valliant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. It was at this time the band changed their name to The Cascades, which was inspired by a nearby box of dishwashing detergent. Their debut single was “There’s A Reason,” which became a small regional hit. In November 1962, The Cascades released “Rhythm Of The Rain.” The song rose to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963, and sold over one million copies, being awarded a gold disc.

The Cascades continued to record, produced an album, and released several other singles. However, none of the band’s future releases matched the charm or success of “Rhythm Of The Rain.” The band continued to receive major radio airplay in their hometown, and their song “Maybe The Rain Will Fall” fared well on the San Diego radio charts in the summer of 1969.

Despite not finding much success after “Rhythm Of The Rain,” The Cascades remained active, playing local San Diego clubs, and occasionally, touring. In 1967, the band appeared in the Crown International Pictures teen comedy adventure film, Catalina Caper, which featured their version of the Ray Davies song “There’s A New World.”

Gummoe left the group in 1967 to pursue a solo career and later formed the band Kentucky Express. Gabe Lapano (keyboards, vocals) was brought in as the new lead singer. Tony Grasso was also added to the band. In 1975, The Cascades decided to split up, reforming twice in 1995 and 2004, touring the US and the Philippines, where they retained a fan following. In 1999, a compilation album of the band’s best moments was released. That same year, performing rights organization BMI announced the “Top 100 Songs of the Century” with “Rhythm Of The Rain” coming in at #9.

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From the 1965 single “She’ll Love Again”
She'll Love Again

  • I Bet You Won’t Stay