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Stormy Weather

Music by Harold Arlen

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.

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 January 24, 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 number 30 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

    Release Date: 1933

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Barrie Carson Turne : Just Voices - Jazz : SSA. / SAT : 01 Songbook : 884088627430 : 1847720528 : 14041562

Barrie Carson Turne : Just Voices - Jazz

Ten easy three-part a cappella arrangements of inspirational songs, for either SSA or SAT choirs, with a piano part for convenient rehearsal. All of these rousing pieces are presented in new arrangements by Barrie Carson Turner. Bringing together ten timeless songs of faith, celebration and inspiration, Just Voices: Classic Pop is an ideal introduction to mastering the a cappella style. Perfect for your next concert or as a fun treat for your choir. Just Voices Jazz brings together ten timeless jazz songs that make an ideal introduction to mastering the a cappella style.

Songlist: Ain't Misbehavin', Come Fly With Me, Don't Know Why, Fever, Fly Me To The Moon, If I Had You, Stormy Weather, T'aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It), Take the 'A' Train, The Girl From Ipanema

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Voicing: SSA. / SAT | 7267b | Songbook | $14.95 | A Cappella


Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Harold Arlen : Solo : Songbook & CD : 888680033552 : 1941566030 : 00138894

Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Harold Arlen

Ten terrific Arlen tunes are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra. Includes the songs: I've Got the World on a String - Down with Love - As Long As I Live - Stormy Weather - I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues - The Blues in the Night - Out of This World - Come Rain or Come Shine - My Shining Hour - Hooray for Love.

Songlist: I've Got the World on a String, Down with Love, As Long As I Live , Stormy Weather, I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues, Blues in the Night, Out of This World, Come Rain or Come Shine, My Shining Hour, Hooray for Love

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Voicing: Solo | 8357b | Songbook & CD | $24.95


The Singer's Series : Torch Songs - Women's Edition : Solo : Songbook : 073999348514 : 0793583462 : 00740086

The Singer's Series : Torch Songs - Women's Edition

Fantastic heart-on-the-sleeve American standards in new arrangements designed to flatter any singer, with interesting harmonies and accompaniments. The arrangements are in the spirit of the performance tradition established by singers such as Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and others. Keys have been carefully chosen and will be comfortable for most voices. The book contains arrangements for voice and piano accompaniment, plus a section of "fake book"-style arrangements convenient for performing. The accompanying CD includes great performances of each song by a singer backed by piano, bass and drums, as well as trio accompaniment tracks only for practice or performance.

Songlist: Bewitched, Cry Me A River, Here's That Rainy Day, The Man That Got Away, Misty, More Than You Know, My Foolish Heart, My Man, Stormy Weather, When The Sun Comes Out

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Voicing: Solo | 5066b | Songbook | $19.95


Various Arrangers : Torch Songs in Sultry Keys : Solo : Songbook : 073999087796 : 0634060686 : 00740241

Various Arrangers : Torch Songs in Sultry Keys

Sling that sensual voice around like a black feather boa! This collection contains 35 great standards in low keys especially for women singers.

Songlist: As Long As He Needs Me, Autumn Leaves, Bewitched, Black Coffee, Blue Turning Grey Over You, Come Rain or Come Shine, Crazy, Cry Me A River, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fine And Mellow, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Good Morning Heartache, He Was Too Good To Me, Here's That Rainy Day, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), In A Sentimental Mood, Just One More Chance, Losing My Mind, Love Me or Leave Me, Lover, Come Back To Me, The Man That Got Away, Misty, Moanin' In the Mornin, More Than You Know, My Foolish Heart, Nobody's Heart, One For My Baby, 'Round Midnight, Skylark, Solitude, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 5169b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Arrangers : Jazz Standards For Women Singers : Solo : Songbook : 073999780154 : 0634043587 : 00740181

Various Arrangers : Jazz Standards For Women Singers

Includes 18 of the greatest jazz standards, in arrangements and keys perfect for women singers. The companion CD features terrific accompaniments by a jazz trio of piano, bass and drums.

Songlist: Call Me Irresponsible , Cry Me a River , East of the Sun , Here's That Rainy Day , I Left My Heart in San Francisco , I'll Be Seeing You , If I Were a Bell , In a Sentimental Mood , Isn't It Romantic? , Misty , More Than You Know , My Foolish Heart , On a Slow Boat to China , Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year , Stormy Weather , The Very Thought of You , The Way You Look Tonight , When the Sun Comes Out, ,

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Voicing: Solo | 9037b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Stormy Weather : SATB : Jay Althouse : Harold Arlen : Songbook : 00-5831 : 038081017068

Jay Althouse : Stormy Weather

An exceptional arrangement of an American standard in a classic, concert-choral style. Jay's arrangement opens and closes with a brief, lush, a cappella setting. In between are beautiful harmonies and great choral writing to help your singers sound their best. It's a sensitive "concert" arrangement suitable for large choirs or small ensembles. Introduce your singers to one of our great American songs with this superb choral work.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Harold Arlen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-5831


Stormy Weather : SAB : Jay Althouse : Harold Arlen : Sheet Music : 00-5832 : 038081017075

Jay Althouse : Stormy Weather

An exceptional arrangement of an American standard in a classic, concert-choral style. Jay's arrangement opens and closes with a brief, lush, a cappella setting. In between are beautiful harmonies and great choral writing to help your singers sound their best. It's a sensitive "concert" arrangement suitable for large choirs or small ensembles. Introduce your singers to one of our great American songs with this superb choral work.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Harold Arlen

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-5832


Stormy Weather : SSA : Jay Althouse : Harold Arlen : Sheet Music : 00-5833 : 038081017082

Jay Althouse : Stormy Weather

An exceptional arrangement of an American standard in a classic, concert-choral style. Jay's arrangement opens and closes with a brief, lush, a cappella setting. In between are beautiful harmonies and great choral writing to help your singers sound their best. It's a sensitive "concert" arrangement suitable for large choirs or small ensembles. Introduce your singers to one of our great American songs with this superb choral work.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Harold Arlen

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-5833


Stormy Weather : SSA : Ed Lojeski : Harold Arlen : Sheet Music : 08200582 : 073999962420

Ed Lojeski : Stormy Weather

From Cotton Club Parade of 1933, the sultry, bluesy style makes this an outstanding choice. Available: SSA, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 4:25.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composer: Harold Arlen

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200582


Stormy Weather : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Harold Arlen : Sheet Music : 08664191 : 073999641912

Kirby Shaw : Stormy Weather

Striking contemporary setting of this standard captures a special emotional intensity! Mood is enhanced through the unique bluesy accompaniment lines. Excellent change of pace! Available: SATB, SAB. Performance Time: Approx. 3:16.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Harold Arlen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08664191

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