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Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen (arr. John Cacavas)


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General Info

Year: 1933 /
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Hansen House
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Errata

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Program Notes

Stormy Weather is a 1933 torch song written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by 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.

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."

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.

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.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • North Oakland (Mich.) Concert Band (Annette Kline, conductor) - 29 October 2020 (Virtual)
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsburg, Va.) – 20 August 2019


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