Singin' in the Rain will live forever, and ever.
Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain was released in 1952. Isn’t it funny to think that the movie wasn’t a big hit when it came out? Imagine movie-musical culture without Don Lockwood puddle jumping! It’s impossible. Of course, if you’ve seen this year’s film The Artist, you might have realized that Singin’ in the Rain (the song) predates even Gene Kelly! Yep, it was originally published in 1929 with music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed.
That so many artists have covered the song is a tribute to its staying power. You might remember the scene with Cary Grant singing it in the shower in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest or Sammy Davis Jr.’s version, Usher’s tribute, the Glee Umbrella mash up, and more….
Just for fun, here’s the infamous street scene from the film, and a few modern homages!