EMMA HANNAH
Waiting For The Rain
(Elbert J. Higgins [Bertie Higgins])
Australia 1975
#18 Melbourne #34 Brisbane

Charted in 1976. Single on Wizard by classically trained folk singer who branched into other genres, particularly country. She was a regular on 70s country TV show Travelin' Out West with John Williamson. Also on the Wizard album Be A Lady in The Daytime.

More recently, Emma Hannah released an album, Wayfaring Stranger.

References: 1. EmmaHannah.com.au. 2. Travelin' Out West page at Australian Television Memorabilia.
PATRICIA DAHLQUIST
Waiting For The Rain
(Elbert J. Higgins [Bertie Higgins])
Canada 1975
Original version?

Single, also on the album This Is Patricia Dahlquist, by Canadian singer and actor who had a Canadian hit with Keep Our Love Alive (1975).

Written by Florida singer-songwriter Bertie Higgins (b.1944), whose Key Largo was a hit in 1982. He had been drummer in The Roemans 1964-1968, backing pop star Tommy Roe and recording half a dozen Roemans singles on ABC-Paramount.

Further reading: Patricia Dahlquist filmography and biography at Internet Movie Database. Bertie Higgins biographies at BertieHiggins.com and All Music Guide.
Suggested by Mike Robbins.
Thanks to Art-Vinyl-Niagara-Collectibles at eBay for label details.
WENDY WALDMAN
Waiting For The Rain
(Wendy Waldman)
USA 1973
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Waiting For The Rain" by Emma Hannah

On Love Has Got Me, debut album by LA singer-songwriter, a protégé of Maria Muldaur. She had been in Bryndle with Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, and Kenny Edwards.

Further reading: Wendy Waldman and Bryndle at All Music Guide.

KARL ERIKSON
Waiting For The Rain
(Karl Erikson - Norman Rooke)
Canada 1974
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Waiting For The Rain" by Emma Hannah.

Single on United Artists by Wisconson-born singer-songwriter (Karl Neuenfeldt) then based in Canada, now an academic in Bundaberg, Australia where he has produced Seaman Dan and other Torres Strait artists. Also on album I Am Next.

This appears to be the same artist as Karl Fields who released the single Just Like That/I Was Wrong on Kel, Kelly Diciani's label out of Oshkosh WI (Kel #1141, 1963).

Thanks to Wisconsin music researcher Gary Myers, author of Do You Hear That Beat: Wisconsin Pop/Rock in the 50's & 60's and On That Wisconsin Beat.

Further reading: 1. Dr Karl Neuenfeldt: profile page at Central Queensland University 2. Karl Erikson at The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia 3. Oshkosh WI label listing at FolkLib Index, citing Gary Myers.

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