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Billie Holiday

Stormy Weather

Jazz
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Space
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
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1943
  • 1933
  • 1994
  • 1961
  • 1955
  • 1943

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“Stormy Weather” is a 1933 song written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Ethel Waters first sang it at The Cotton Club night club in Harlem. It has since been covered by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Clodagh Rodgers, and Reigning Sound. Leo Reisman’s orchestra had the biggest hit on records (with Arlen himself as vocalist), although Ethel Waters recorded version also performed well. The song tells of disappointment, as the lyrics, “Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky” show someone pining for her man to return. The weather is a metaphor for the feelings of the singer; “stormy weather since my man and I ain’t together, keeps raining all the time.“ The original handwritten lyrics, along with a painting by Ted Koehler, were featured on the (US) Antiques... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Stormy weather ... Since my man and I ain't together ... Keeps rainin' all the time

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More songs by Billie Holiday (See Charts): You Go To My Head, God Bless The Child, Sugar, Strange Fruit, and Gloomy Sunday.

Popular in Jazz (See Charts): Sinnerman, What A Wonderful World, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, Summertime, Baltimore, Gloomy Sunday, Feeling Good, What's A Woman, Strangers In The Night, and Tom Traubert's Blues.

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