On Sept. 10, 1982, the forecast called for rain — of a masculine variety. That date served as the release for the unforgettable disco track “It’s Raining Men,” recorded by San Francisco disco divas Martha Wash and Izora Armstead of the Weather Girls.
Forty years later, the song has been immortalized in pop culture and Wash will return to her old stomping grounds for a headlining performance at San Francisco Pride. Although the song has become ubiquitous today, it was anything but a sure hit in the early ’80s. If it weren’t for some creative marketing moves, it may have never even been released.