STORY BE­HIND THE SONG

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - ADVICE -

What can you tell me about Rainy Days And Mon­days by my favourite 70s duo? It seems like the per­fect song for dull, dre­ich Jan­uary. – B.

Song­writ­ers Paul Wil­liams and Roger Ni­chols gave The Car­pen­ters one of their most en­dear­ing songs.

It was writ­ten for and re­jected by The 5th Di­men­sion, and sub­se­quently picked up by the sib­ling duo. The song reached No 2 in the US Bill­board Hot 100 in 1971 but sur­pris­ingly failed to make the UK charts, a 1993 reis­sue only reach­ing No 63.

Wil­liams and Ni­chols wrote two other tracks for the doyens of easy lis­ten­ing – We’ve Only Just Be­gun and I Won’t Last A Day With­out You.

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