“We were primarily a songwriting and recording group, with live performance a distant second. In the two years of our official existence as the Children of Rain, we played out three times and almost a fourth -- each instance a hilarious event of almost mythic catastrophe.
In the dead of winter 1965-66, we were asked by Pam’s godfather, well-known radio personality Jim Ameche, to sing for a father-daughter luncheon at a swanky Westchester County girls school in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., that his daughter attended. Pam and Denis were both used to getting up and singing comfortably in front of people. Not me. It was my first public performance with anything less than the size of a glee club.
We were supposed to do four or five songs. We did one, thanks to my direct confrontation with anxiety—my first stage fright episode. By song’s end, I was beginning to see stars and knew I was in the process of fainting. I veered toward Pam and said, “We’ve gotta go.” She said, “What!?” I said, “Leave the stage, now!” We all exit stage right. And two of us are clueless as to why.
“What the hell?” they both said when we were off.
“I’m so sorry,” I managed, embarrassed. “I was in the process of blacking out, and I figured a quick exit beat passing out on stage.”
What a debut.
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The Children of Rain was a contemporary folk group, originally a trio with Pam Meacham and her brother Denis, along with Alan Ross, from 1966 through ’67. The group whittled down to the duo of Pam and Alan shortly before Dot Records released the group’s 45 rpm single “Get Together” (45-16868) in the spring of 1966, which preceded the Youngbloods’ initial release of the same song by a year. Denis Meacham continued to write and play on other Children of Rain studio sessions during the group’s brief tenure, including Pam and Alan’s Philips Records release under their new name Ross Legacy (“Makes You Wanna Sigh”) in 1969.
In addition, three song collections of Children of Rain original material were produced on acetate: at Dick Charles studio, Olmsted Recording, and Delta Recording Corp. As the group was to discover 51 years later, at least one of their Delta Recording Corp. acetates survived, winding up in an online record store in Illinois.
The acetate was purchased in March 2017 by British music journalist Robert Cochrane, renowned for unearthing "quality obscura." The writer/poet was drawn to the record by the group's poetically melancholic name. Enough so that he shelled out $200 for it.
“It has turned out to be a real find,” says Cochrane. In his Sept. 2017 article on the group for CultureCatch.com, he notes: "They possess...a stunning back-bone of considered song-craft. Had they fared better at the hands of time, they would now undoubtedly be revered as innovators.”
Cochrane’s praise energized the Children of Rain to assemble a collection from the group’s library of existing work that has survived more than 50 years, including, technologically, the analog-to-digital transition. The 9-song album, Revisited, is now available worldwide through CD Baby.com for digital downloading and streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and other outlets.