Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie

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1905 sheet music cover with insert photos of songwriter Harry Von Tilzer and of singer Geo. R. Brown.

"Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" is a 1905 popular song with music written by Harry Von Tilzer and lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling.


"Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" has been recorded many times and is now considered a pop standard. The first recorded versions were by Byron G. Harlan, and Harry Tally.[1]

Bing Crosby and Mary Martin sang it in the 1941 film Birth of the Blues and also recorded it for Decca Records on March 13, 1942.[2] Harry James recorded a version in 1941 on Columbia 36466.

In a long-standing tradition, floor traders at the New York Stock Exchange sing this song on the last trading day of every year and on Christmas Eve.[3] The song has been the stock exchange anthem at least back as far as 1934.[4][5] It is also a popular song in barbershop music.

It appeared as a country music hit, as performed by the Golden Memory Boys in the summer of 1940.

Shortly before his death in 1959, Buddy Holly made a recording of this at his home in New York City.

A sample of the song appears on the Roger Waters album Amused to Death, at the end of the track "What God Wants (Part III)".

Film appearances[edit]

The song has been featured in many films and found ideal for the purpose of evoking a period flavor.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of American Popular Music. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 602. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stocks advance in light, Christmas Eve trading". Associated Press. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-25. Floor traders, as they do every year on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, gathered for a moment at the New York Stock Exchange to sing "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie." The song is about waiting for the rain to end, and the Big Board tradition has roots going back to the Great Depression. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Along The Highways of Finance". New York Times. June 24, 1934. Retrieved 2008-12-25. The Stock Exchange anthem, by common consent, has been for many years "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie." In recent years "The Wearing of the Green" has ... 
  5. ^ "State of the Market". Time magazine. July 20, 1934. Retrieved 2008-12-25. Floor favorites as "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" or "The Wearing of the Green." 
  6. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017.