Oldest recording, but first performed by Doris Eaton Travis in the 1928 stage production Hollywood Music Box Review. The following year, it took off after being featured in MGM's first 'talkie' Hollywood Review Of 1929, as sung by the Rounders, Cliff 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards and the Brox Sisters. The Rounders were the first to formally record it for release. For more Arthur Freed/Nacio Brown songs, see: Good Morning.
Cliff Edwards [n°1 US; his biggest hit; see also: When You Wish Upon A Star]
Jimmy Crawford [on Wurlitzer organ]
Jimmy Durante [in film Speak Easily]
Judy Garland [in film Little Nellie Kelly]
Gene Kelly [in film Singin' In The Rain, along with Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds]
Norman Vaughan [as Swinging In The Rain; hit UK]
Tino Rossi [as Je chante sous la pluie]
Sheila & B Devotion [n°1 Fr; disco version]
Karel Gott [as Ich singe jeden Tag]
Marfil [as Cantando Bajo La Lluvia]
Guy Marchand [in English]
Mint Royale [n°1 UK in '08; sampling Kelly version]
It sure wasn't the first time someone splashed around in it when Gene Kelly sang this song in the most famous film scene in musical history. Singin' In The Rain was the fourth film using that same song, Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange not even counted.