The song of the day for Sunday, January 3, 2016 is “Stormy Weather.”
About This Song
“Stormy Weather” was written in 1933 by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Composed during Arlen’s association with Cotton Club, “Stormy Weather” was first sung by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club in 1933. Lena Horne, who sang with Tony Bennett in the 1970s, recorded this song in 1941 and remains strongly associated with it. It has also been recorded by Kay Starr, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
About This Version
Today’s version of “Stormy Weather” is a duet with Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole from Bennett’s 2001 album Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues.
I woke up yesterday to the very sad news that Natalie Cole had passed away. The Year of Tony Bennett expresses our sincere condolences to her family and friends. We also celebrate what a great talent she was and that her music will live on with us.
“Stormy Weather,” as well as Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues, is available from iTunes.