For Caddo Veil upon her request. The Last Leaf by The Cascades.
For You Caddo~
Please Note that all three songs here are original works by John Gummoe.}
Th song request by Caddo is The Cascade’s The Last Leaf, with its beautifully written lyrics and harmonies for which this group was known for. There was a question put forth with this request as to whether The Cascades version is the original, It is, Written by lead singer/songwriter John Gummoe it is a song that to many in the U.S. still today represents the era of the USA‘s involvement in the Vietnam war. This group heralds from the ((USA ) San Diego California area where the USA Marine Corps/Naval Base, “Camp Pendleton” is still today. For the area of San Diego California and the west coast of the United States this is an iconic group. This song was listened to over and over by many waiting to ship out to sea, or waiting for a love one to ship back home from the war, it was getting plenty of air time locally. The Last leaf was a follow-up to the groups earlier hits, but not even it matched the success of their big hits.
We do hope you enjoy Caddo~
Bit of Biography: In 1960, the SilverStrands were a group of musicians of United States Navy personnel serving on the USS Jason (AR-8) based in San Diego, California and overseas in Sasebo, Japan. This group, then known to many of the servicemen and the local inhabitants as The Silver Strands were playing at local venues all around town. Their friend, John Gummoe, also aboard the Jason was their biggest fan and soon began acting as their manager. Gummoe had the band playing 5 nights a week before long and had also been working up some duets with band mate Dave Wilson.
The SiverSounds then recruited John Gummoe as a full on band member, they all left the Navy to become the new civilian group The Thunder Notes, the Cascades’ original name. The groups members include: John Claude “John” Gummoe ( singer/songwriter, lead vocals), Eddie Snyder (guitar), Von Lynch (keyboards), Ronald Lynch (keyboards, saxophone), Dave Stevens (bass) and Jim Owens ( AKA Dave Szabo) (drums). Their first single was an instrumental, “Thunder Rhythm” on the Del-Fi label,
The group then began to be more interested in vocal harmonies and were said to be influenced by the California Beach Boys. Their recorded demos tapes ended up with producer Barry De Vorzon at Valiant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. who signed them and also changed their name to The Cascades – inspired by a nearby box of dish-washing detergent. (I did not make this up!)
The Cascades “There’s A Reason” became a regional hit in summer 1962. The Cascades went to Gold Star Studios in Los Angles and recorded the song which Gummoe had written in his Navy days while on watch. The back-up musicians on the recording included studio session musicians ” The Wrecking Crew” consisting of Jim Owens (Dave ] on drums, Carol Kaye, on bass, and now legend country-pop singer/songwriter Glen Campbell on guitar. Arrangement by Perry Botkin.
In November 1962 “Rhythm of the Rain” was released and became the groups most well-known song. It rose to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart March 9, 1963. This still popular song became a major hit in over 80 countries. It peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart. “Rhythm of the Rain” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The song spent two weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening charts, It also made a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, and a number-one single in Ireland. In 1999, BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) listed the song as the ninth most performed song on radio/TV in the 20th century, also an extremely popular cover tune. This Cascades’ recording was used in the soundtrack of the 1979 film Quadrophenia and included in its soundtrack album.
The Cascades perform in a 2006 concert
The group continued recording, producing an album, and several further singles. The Cascades did continue to receive major radio airplay in their hometown, San Diego. The Cascades song “Maybe The Rain Will Fall” did fairly well on San Diego radio charts in the summer of 1969.
The group stayed together and performed for some years, playing in local San Diego clubs like The Cinnamon Cinder, and at other times, touring widely. John Gummoe left the group in 1967 to pursue a solo career and later formed the band Kentucky Express. A reunion of The Cascades with John Gummoe, Jim Owen, and Eddy Snyder as the remaining original members were held a few times over the ensuing years. They split up again in 1975. Snyder later recorded country music under the name Eddie Preston, John Gummoe recorded a dance mix of “Rhythm of the Rain” in 1990. The group reformed in 1995, 2004, and again in 2006. The three original members are often doing charity gigs as reunion shows in the San Diego area.
Origin San Diego, USA
Genres Pop music
Years active 1960 to 1975
Reunions in 1995, 2006 and 2012
Labels Valiant (US), Warner (Canada)
Year Title U.S. Hot 100 UK Singles Chart[12
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)
Caddo we hope this gave you what it is you are looking for and then some, Thank you for the support to Cyklopps, Rides Again. Come on back with another request any time. We’d love to do it again for you.
For an interview with John Gummoe just click on link.