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"It Might As Well Rain Until September" is a 1962 song originally written for Bobby Vee by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. King recorded the demo version of the song, which would become her first release as a singer. Bobby Vee recorded the song the same year for his album Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets.
The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and intended for Bobby Vee, for whom they had already written the song "Take Good Care of My Baby", which was a number one hit in the United States in 1961 and remains Vees biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100. King recorded the demo version of the song and this version was released as a double A-side single with "Nobody's Perfect". It was Carole King's first commercial release as a singer having already had a number of hits as a songwriter. As the demo version was not intended to receive a commercial release, the master recording of this song does not exist. This is also the reason why all digital releases of this recording are in rather poor quality compared to other songs of this time.
The song later appeared on the soundtrack album for the 1979 film More American Graffiti, which peaked at number nine on the album charts in New Zealand. It is also included on Carole Kings 2005 live album The Living Room Tour, where it is performed as part of a medley along with other songs she wrote with Gerry Goffin.
"It Might as Well Rain Until September" is a mid tempo pop song in s similar style as many songs written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin at this time. Through the lyrics, the singer tells a former lover that the world does not appear beautiful to him or her no matter the circumstances as he/she cannot be with him/her: It doesn't matter whether skies are grey or blue/It's raining in my heart 'cause I can't be with you/ [...] /So it might as well rain until September.
The single was released in 1962 but did not become a hit before 1963. It is still Carole Kings highest peaking song in the United Kingdom reaching number three in the single charts.
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- Bobby Vee, for whom the song was originally written, recorded the song for his 1962 album Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets. The song was later included on the compilation albums The Essential Bobby Vee, Legendary Master Series: Bobby Vee and Best of.
- British singer Helen Shapiro covered the song for her 1964 album Helen Hits Out. It later appeared on the compilation albums The Ultimate Helen Shapiro and The Very Best of Helen Shapiro.
- The song was covered by the 1960s studio project Marquis of Kensington and released as their third and final single.
- Boygroup Child covered the song as a B-side for their 1978 single "It's Only Make Believe".
- Tony Evans & His Orchestra released an instrumental version of the song under the title "It Might As Well Rain Until September (Music for Dancing)". It appeared on the album Sequence Dancing Gold.
- The Sheena Davis Group covered the song as opening track for their 2001 album Smile.