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Sounds of Pride: When “It’s Raining Men,” It Pours!

Written in 1979 by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer, “It’s Raining Men”  was rejected by superstars Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Cher, and Barbra Streisand before being recorded by Martha Wash and Izora Armstead aka “The Weather Girls” in 1982.

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In addition to becoming a multi-platinum single, selling over 6M copies internationally; “It’s Raining Men” has consistently remained a dance floor classic (ranked #12 of all time) but a constant source of inspiration and reinvention.

Here is writer Paul Shaffer, Weather Girl Martha Walsh and the cast of Broadway’s Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert performing their fabulously costumed production number on the Tony Awards.


Germany has talent (and HOT men) in this dance version.


Not to be out done, Great Britain’s “The Other Guys’” recorded this a cappella version.


Of course a sexy gay man is going  to cover it too!  (how’s he get up there?)


But sometimes, the take is just hilarious!

(main photo courtesy of Columbia Records)

Previous posts from theOUTfront series “Sounds of Pride –The Music of Community, Love, and Equality”

Across the Footlights of Broadway  

Pet Shop Boys, “Go West” 

Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love,” Jonathan Peters REMIX 

The Flirtations’ “Everything Possible”

Sylvester’s Disco hit, “You Make Me Feel (Might Real)” 

Fanfare for Gay Pride


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