The Cascades (band)

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The Cascades (band)

The Cascades were an American vocal group best known for the single "Rhythm of the Rain", recorded in 1962, an international hit the following year.[1]


In 1960, the Silver Strands were a group of United States Navy personnel serving on the USS Jason (AR-8) based in San Diego, California. They recruited John Gummoe, who originally acted as manager, then left the Navy to become The Thundernotes. After the departure of original guitarist Len Green, the group's membership consolidated as John Claude "John" Gummoe (born August 2, 1938, Cleveland, Ohio) (lead vocals), Eddie Snyder (guitar), Von Lynch (keyboards), Ronald Lynch (keyboards, saxophone), Dave Stevens (bass) and Dave Szabo (drums).[2] Their first single was an instrumental, "Thunder Rhythm", on the Del-Fi label.[3]

Influenced by the Beach Boys, the group became more interested in vocal harmony. They recorded demos and signed with Barry De Vorzon at Valiant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and changed their name to The Cascades inspired by a nearby box of dishwashing detergent. Their first release, "There's A Reason," became a small regional hit; in the summer of 1962, they went to Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles to record a song Gummoe wrote in his Navy days on watch during a thunderstorm. The musicians on the recording included the "Wrecking Crew" - Jim Owens on drums, Carol Kaye on bass and Glen Campbell on guitar - arranged by Perry Botkin. "Rhythm of the Rain" was issued in November 1962. It rose to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963; becoming a major hit in over 80 countries. It peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] "Rhythm of the Rain" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[5]

The Cascades continued to record, produced an album and several additional singles, including the follow-up "The Last Leaf",[6] but did not match the charm or success of their big hit. The group continued to receive major radio airplay in their hometown, San Diego. The Cascades' cover version of Bob Lind's "Truly Julie's Blues" received spins on KCBQ and KGB in 1966, and their song "Maybe The Rain Will Fall" fared well on San Diego radio charts in the summer of 1969.

The group was active, played local San Diego clubs like The Cinnamon Cinder, and at other times, toured widely. In 1967, The Cascades appeared onscreen in the Crown International Pictures teen comedy adventure film, Catalina Caper, which included their version of a song written by Ray Davies of the Kinks, "There's A New World." [7]

Gummoe left the group in 1967 to pursue a solo career and later formed the band Kentucky Express. Keyboardist/vocalist Gabe Lapano took over the lead chores,[8] the group also adding Tony Grasso,[9] with Owens and Snyder the remaining original members. Finally, they split in 1975.[3] Snyder later recorded country music under the name Eddie Preston.[10] Gummoe recorded a dance mix of "Rhythm of the Rain" in 1990.[11] The group reformed twice, in 1995 and 2004, touring the US and the Philippines, where they retained a fan following. A compilation CD of the Cascades best moments was issued in 1999. That same year, performing rights organization BMI announced the "Top 100 Songs of the Century." to receive airplay on radio or television in the U.S., with "Rhythm of the Rain" at #9.[12]

In April 2012, with the initiative of the Filipino religious leader Bro. Eli Soriano, The Cascades participated at a benefit concert held at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines. Aside from reintroducing the music of The Cascades to both old fans and younger generation, the event also supported projects involving Bible expositions.


Partial discography

Chart singles

Year Title U.S. Hot 100[10] UK Singles Chart[14]
1963 "Rhythm of the Rain" 3 5
"The Last Leaf" 60 -
"Shy Girl" 91 -
"For Your Sweet Love" 86 -
1969 "Maybe The Rain Will Fall" 61 -


  • Rhythm of The Rain (1963)
  • What Goes On Inside (1968)
  • Maybe The Rain Will Fall (1969)
  • Rhythm of the Rain (1971) Compilation
  • The Very Best of The Cascades (1999)
  • Hits and Rarities (2001)
  • All The Way To Yesterday (2006)


  1. The Cascades info page from San Diego Reader
  2. Mendoza, Bart & Thorn, Steve. The San Diego Troubadour When The Cascades Topped The Charts San Diego Troubadour. 2009-05. Retrieved on 2010-09-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Cascades website
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.
  5. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs, 2nd, London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd.
  6. [The Cascades (band) at All Music Guide The Cascades entry at All Music Guide]
  7. IMDB Entry for Catalina Caper
  8. [1]
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  10. 10.0 10.1 Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002, 1st, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc..
  11. Tom Simon, The Cascades
  12. BMI Announces Top 100 Songs of the Century
  13. Bro. Eli Soriano to Hold Benefit Concert with The Cascades
  14. Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004, 1st, London: Collins.

External links

  • Rhythm of the Rain — John Gummoe & The Cascades
  • Interview with Gummoe by Gary James, 2002
  • The Cascades at All Music Guide
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