Tony! Toni! Toné! had never heard of Albert Hammond's 1972 Top Five pop gold single "It Never Rains in Southern California." They got the idea for the title from an oft-repeated phrase of one of their attorneys, who often said it when the group would return to California wearing heavy coats after just visiting a much wetter climate on the east coast. Timothy Christian played most of the instruments on the track and Raphael Wiggins wrote a lyric that revolved around a guy missing his girl who was in southern California. From their platinum album The Revival, the mellow "It Never Rains in Southern California" sailed to number one R&B and number 34 pop in late 1990.