Ill Wind

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" 'Ill Wind" ("You're Blowin' Me No Good") is a song composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Ted Koehler. It was written for their last show at the Cotton Club in 1934 and was sung by Adelaide Hall[1] In an interview, Adelaide Hall explained how she performed the song to great effect during the show:

The melody came to Arlen while he was visiting Anya Taranda, then a model who later became his wife.[3]

The song is also featured in the 1984 Francis Ford Coppola movie The Cotton Club sung by the actress Lonette McKee. McKee plays a character with similarities to Adelaide Hall in real life.

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  1. ^ Underneath a Harlem Moon: the Harlem to Paris Years of Adelaide Hall, by Iain Cameron Williams, Continuum Publishing (2003); ISBN 0826458939, 51780394 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Adelaide Hall," by Steve Voce, The Independent, November 8, 1993
    Note: Hall is quoted about her time spent at the Cotton Club and singing " 'Ill Wind"
    (retrieved 26 December 2014)
  3. ^ Liner notes: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook (LP), Verve MGV 4046-2 (1961)
  4. ^ "Together overview".