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Roger Penzabene (d. December 31, 1967) was a songwriter for the Motown label. Among his most notable compositions are "The End of Our Road" by Gladys Knight & the Pips and Marvin Gaye, and a trilogy of hits for the Temptations: "You're My Everything", "I Wish It Would Rain", and "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)".

The mournful break-up song "I Wish It Would Rain" in particular drew from Penzabene's real-life pain & suffering. The songwriter found out that his wife was cheating on him, but could not bring himself to leave her, and his emotions on the situation are present in both of his final compositions, "I Wish It Would Rain" and "I Could Never Love Another". However the lyrics to the song were changed from the original one. On New Year's Eve 1967, a week after the release of "I Wish It Would Rain", Penzabene committed suicide.


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The Temptations - I Wish It Would Rain

I hope YouTube doesn't remove this version. Please YouTube I posted this video to COMMENT on how great this song is with no expecations of anything. Yes, I a...

"You're My Everything" The Temptations

One of my favorite recordings by The Temptations, "You're My Everything" was written by lead vocalist Eddie Kendricks and Roger Penzabene. It reached number ...

The Temptations - You're My Everything (1967)

"You're My Everything" is a 1967 hit recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. It is the first of three singles to be co-written for the grou...

The Temptations - I Wish It Would Rain (HQ Stereo, 1968)

The Temptations, "I Wish It Would Rain" was to be the last Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit released during the group's "Classic-5" era, featuring David Ruffin, ...

The Temptations - You're My Everything

YouTube removed this version, i'm guessing from corporate suits pressure. Please YouTube and the suits i brought it back to COMMENT on how great this song is...

I Wish It Would Rain - Failure Machine (Cover)

"I Wish It Would Rain" as performed by Failure Machine off of EP "I Wish It Would Rain" written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, and Roger Penzabene. htt...

The Temptations - You're My Everything

With A Lot' Souls 3rd single is a lead vocal by Eddie Kendricks.(The first since 1966). Writer Roger Penzabene pens a song about how taken and enchanted he i...

The Temptations ~ I Wish It Would Rain (1967) ☂

Song' 'I Wish It Would Rain' ☂ Artist: The Temptations Composers: Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, Roger Penzabene Album: 'T'N'T' (compilation disc) Label: ...

Jersey Sound Track- Motor City Revue "I Wish It Would Rain"

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You're My Everything 10-30-10 (Cover)

The Great Temptations Hit from 1967. I was in Jr. High and this echoed through the halls from dozen's of little radios. Roger Penzabene wrote it to the love ...

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