|"What Have They Done To The Rain"|
|Single by The Searchers|
|B-side||"This Feeling Inside"|
|Released||November 1964 (UK); January 1965 (US)|
|Label|| Pye 7N15739 (UK)|
Kapp 644 (USA)
|The Searchers singles chronology|
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