"Can You Stand the Rain"
is a ballad by R&B/Pop group New Edition
New Edition is an R&B group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s and led the way for groups like New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync...
. Released in 1988, it is the third single from their fifth studio album, Heart Break
Heart Break is the fifth studio album by American R&B and pop group New Edition, released June 20, 1988 on MCA Records. It is the first album to return the Boston-reared band as a quintet after the public exit of original member Bobby Brown, and the first album to feature Johnny Gill as member of...
Written and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, "Can You Stand the Rain" is about a relationship presently going well, but the man is asking the woman if he can count on her to remain by his side should things ever become stormy. This ballad has become one of a handful of signature songs by New Edition. With its soothing adult contemporary production stylings serviced by Jam/Lewis, the booming introduction of Johnny Gill and familiarity of Ralph Tresvant sharing lead vocals, the song became not only the defining moment for the Heart Break
album—but effectively transformed New Edition’s image from that of a ‘teen pop
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’ act to a grown up vocal ensemble as the decade drew to a close.
Release and reception
Despite "Can You Stand The Rain" failing to reach the Hot 100 top forty, peaking instead at #44, it became New Edition's fourth single to top Billboard's R&B singles chart
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- "Can You Stand the Rain" is the first single by New Edition, which prominently featured Johnny Gill singing lead.
- "Can You Stand the Rain" fended off Bobby Brown's
Robert Barisford "Bobby" Brown is an American R&B singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and dancer. After success in pop group New Edition, Brown began his solo career in 1987 and had a string of Top 10 Billboard hits, culminating in a Grammy Award. He was a pioneer of New Jack Swing music, a...
"Roni" on the R&B singles chart, which sat at #2 behind it in early 1989.
- "Can You Stand the Rain" was covered by Boyz II Men
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for their Evolution album.
- "Can You Stand the Rain" was covered by Guy Sebastian
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, the first winner of Australian Idol
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, in 2004 on his debut album, Just as I am
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- "Can You Stand the Rain" was sampled by Big Sean
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for his single "My Last
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" featuring Chris Brown.
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