The Year of Tony Bennett would like to wish Natalie Cole a very happy birthday today, February 6.
Let’s celebrate by listening to one of her wonderful duets with Tony Bennett: Stormy Weather from Bennett’s delightful Playin’ With My Friends, released in 2001.
Stormy Weather was written by the great Harold Arlen (and keep your ears open for Harold Arlen on the blog next week) and Ted Koehler in 1933. It was originally sung by the great Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club and was recorded by her in the same year. The list of great recordings of this song is long: Sarah Vaughan, Etta James, Django Reinhardt, Judy Garland and, of course, Miss Lena Horne.
Happy Birthday, Natalie!