Stormy Weather (song)

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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 in 1933 and recorded it that year, and in the same year it was sung in London by Elisabeth Welch and recorded by Frances Langford. Also 1933, for the first time in history the entire floor revue from Harlem's Cotton Club went on tour, playing theatres in principal cities. The revue was originally called The Cotton Club Parade of 1933 but for the road tour it was changed to the Stormy Weather Revue and as the name implies, the show contained the hit song "Stormy Weather" which was sung by Adelaide Hall.[1]

The song has since been performed by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Dinah Washington, Clodagh Rodgers, and Reigning Sound and most famously by Lena Horne and Billie Holiday. Leo Reisman's orchestra version had the biggest hit on records (with Arlen himself as vocalist), although Ethel Waters's recorded version also sold well.[citation needed] "Stormy Weather" was featured in the 1943 movie of the same name.

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 Roadshow on 24 January 2011, where they were appraised for between $50,000 and $100,000. The lyrics show a number of crossings out and corrections.[2]

Ethel Waters's recording of the song in 1933 was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Library of Congress honored the song by adding it to the National Recording Registry in 2004. Also in 2004, Horne's version finished at #30 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Fats Comet cover[edit]

"Stormy Weather"
Fats Comet - Stormy Weather.jpg
Single by Fats Comet
B-side "Dub Storm"
Released June 1985 (1985-06)
Format 12"
Recorded Southern Studios, London, England
Genre Funk, industrial
Length 6:27
Label World
Writer(s) Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
Producer(s) Fats Comet, Adrian Sherwood
Fats Comet singles chronology
"Stormy Weather"

"Stormy Weather" was released as a single by the industrial hip-hop group Fats Comet, issued in June 1985 on World Records.[3]

Formats and track listing[edit]

UK 12" single (WR 002)
  1. "Stormy Weather" – 6:27
  2. "Dub Storm" – 7:35


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Face United Kingdom Singles of the Year[4] 1985 17


Technical personnel

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Adelaide Hall with Cotton Club revue", article in The Afro-American, 23 September 1933, p. 18.
  2. ^ ""Stormy Weather" Working Lyrics & Koehler Painting | Antiques Roadshow". PBS. 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  3. ^ Parker, David (2001). "12" single: Fats Comet - 'Stormy Weather'". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Face Recordings of the Year - 1985 Singles". The Face. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ellington Titles". Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  6. ^ Stratemann, Dr. Klaus (1992). Duke Ellington Day by Day and Film by Film. Copenhagen: JazzMedia ApS. pp. 59–64. ISBN 87-88043-34-7. 
  7. ^ "GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Recording: Stormy Weather by Ringo Starr". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 281. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The chapter "Stormy Weather" in the book Stardust Melodies: The Biography of Twelve of America's Most Popular Songs by Will Friedwald (New York: Pantheon Books, 2002).

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