Sun Sounds: “Just Walkin’ In The Rain”- The Prisonaires. This song has an interesting background- the biography of Sam Phillips by Peter Guralnick goes into great detail on the story. “Just Walkin’ In The Rain’ was written by Johnny Bragg and Robert Riley two prisoners at the Tennessee State Prison in Nashville. The song was written in 1952 and Bragg and his group the Prisonaires recorded it for Sun in 1953 and it became an R&B hit single.
Bragg and Riley’s paths crossed in the courtyard at the prison- as it was raining [from wikipedia} Bragg allegedly said, “Here we are just walking in the rain, and wondering what the girls are doing.” Riley suggested that this would make a good basis for a song, and within a few minutes, Bragg had composed two verses. However, because Bragg was unable to read and write, he asked Riley to write the lyrics down in exchange for being credited as one of the song’s writers.