Here's That Rainy Day

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This article is about the song. For the album by Paul Horn, see Here's That Rainy Day (album).
"Here's That Rainy Day"
Song by Dolores Gray in Carnival in Flanders
Published 1953
Composer Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyricist Johnny Burke
Recorded by Frank Sinatra (1959), Getz/Gilberto (1964), Wes Montgomery (1965), Coleman Hawkins (1965), Davis and Almeida (1966), Art Pepper (1975, 1980), Natalie Cole (2008)

"Here's That Rainy Day" is a popular song with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, published in 1953. It was introduced by Dolores Gray in the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders.[1]

The song has been recorded by many jazz and pop singers, including Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, June Christy, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Vic Damone, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, Astrud Gilberto (with Stan Getz), Lena Horne, Phyllis Hyman, Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence, Peggy Lee, Kenny Rankin, Frank Sinatra, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Andy Williams and Nancy Wilson. It is also a favorite of jazz instrumentalists, with renditions by Joe Pass, Gene Ammons, Chet Baker, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Oscar Peterson, Toots Thielemans, Urbie Green, Alvin "Red" Tyler, L.A. Jazz Quintet and McCoy Tyner, among many others.

Frank Sinatra recorded it on March 25, 1959, for the Capitol album No One Cares, arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins. Sinatra performed it on a Timex-sponsored show entitled The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra, broadcast on December 13, 1959, and on the Emmy-nominated Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing, broadcast on November 25, 1968. On November 18, 1973, he performed it on Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back, in a medley with "Last Night When We Were Young" and "Violets for Your Furs."[2][3]

Sinatra also performed the song during three concerts in 1974, at Caesar's Palace, in Philadelphia and Saratoga, New York.[4]

Former late-night talk show host Johnny Carson said that "Here's That Rainy Day" by Frank Sinatra was his favorite ballad. Carson and Bette Midler famously sang the song on the next-to-last show of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992. Singer/songwriter Paul Williams also once sang the song on the show in full ape make up as part of promotion for his latest film Battle For the Planet of the Apes. After Carson's death in 2005, Doc Severinsen, Tommy Newsom, and Ed Shaughnessy performed the song along with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on Late Show with David Letterman.[5]

Notable recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Furia, Philip and Lasser, Michael (2006). America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. Routledge. p. 239. 
  2. ^ Frank Sinatra: "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back," Warner Reprise Video 38203-2
  3. ^ "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-15. MEDLEY: LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, VIOLETS FOR YOUR FURS, HERE'S THAT RAINY DAY. 
  4. ^ John Ridgeway, "The SinatraFile, Part 3," Birmingham, England: John Ridgeway Books, 1980, p. 208.
  5. ^ Associated Press. "Letterman Pays Tribute To Johnny Carson", MSNBC, February 1, 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Albums containing a track with the title: Here's That Rainy Day". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Songs for Rainy Day Lovers (Musical LP, 1967)". WorldCat. Retrieved 2013-03-20.