Gene Chandler, Curtis Mayfield

About Rainbow

Rainbow is a popular song written by Curtis Mayfield. Recorded by Gene Chandler in 1962, the single released on Vee-Jay Records spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1965, Gene Chandler scored another hit with this song when he recorded Rainbow '65 (Part 1). Notable artists who have recorded the song include Keith Frank, Loleatta Holloway, and Lenny Breau.


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There's a rainbow in my heart
That reminds me of how we parted
And I, I know my love is gone forever
But deep down in my heart I'll love her forever

There's a rainbow, ohh in my heart
Baby, baby, baby, come on my baby
Now listen to me

I'm down on my knees, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Please listen to my plea, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm looking up above oh, yeah, up above
Praying for your love

Baby, baby, baby, come on now my baby
Come on stop this rainbow
Come on now baby, and stop this rainbow

And I know the things I done to you was wrong
I'm asking you to give me one more chance
Just one more chance to prove to you
That I know I was wrong

And I realize now baby, and I realize now baby
That love only comes once and when it comes you better grab it
'Cause it may not come no more

And I'm askin' you baby, and I'm askin' you baby
And I'm askin' you baby, and I'm askin' you baby
I'm askin please, please, please, please, please
Baby, baby, baby

You look so good this evening baby
Sometimes when I look out at you baby
I feel like I just want to, I just want to
I just want to reach out to you

I just want to reach out to you
I just want to reach out to you
I just want to reach out to you
I just want to reach out to you
I want to reach out and bite, yeah
And I just want to ask you one thing baby
And I just want to ask you one thing baby

I just want to ask you one thing
I just want to ask you one thing
I just want to ask you one thing, one thing baby
I want you to stop, stop this rainbow in my heart

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Gene Chandler

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937) also known as "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, producer and record executive. He is one of the leading exponents of the 1960s Chicago soul scene. He is best known for his million-selling hits, "Duke Of Earl," and "Groovy Situation," and his associations with the Dukays, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield. A Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee, and winner of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers Producer of the Year Award, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award, and one of the few artists to chart hit records during the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco eras. Between 1961 and 1986 Chandler has had forty Pop and R&… more »

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10 facts about this song

Artist Information
"Rainbow" was a song performed by American singer and producer, Gene Chandler. Chandler is also famous for his song, "Duke of Earl."
Released Date
"Rainbow" was released in the year 1963, during the soul music era.
Song Label
The song was released under the label -Constellation Records, a Chicago-based record label.
Track's Achievements
"Rainbow" reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Songwriting Credits
This song was penned by Curtis Mayfield, a notable American singer-songwriter and record producer.
Other Versions
Years later, R&B group Black Ivory recorded their version of "Rainbow" in the year 1981.
"Rainbow" showed Chandler's vocal depth and helped establish his solo career after departing from his previous band, The Dukays.
Personal Implication
The song often has strong personal implications to listeners, since it’s interpreted as being about overcoming obstacles and achieving goals and dreams.
"Rainbow" has been sampled in modern-day music. For instance, American rapper Kanye West sampled the song in "We Major" off his album Late Registration.
Chandler’s Favorites
"Rainbow" is listed as one of Chandler's favorite records, it possesses a significant role in his musical career.

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