Stormy Weather

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composition date
Harold Arlen
Ted Koehler
related performer(s)
Frank Sinatra
Ethel Waters
Lena Horne

The story of my misery

Ethel Waters knew she had a great song to sing the minute she heard this tune. “When I got out there in the middle of the Cotton Club floor … I was singing the story of my misery and confusion … the story of the wrongs and outrages done to me by people I had loved and trusted…. I sang ‘Stormy Weather’ from the depths of my private hell in which I was being crushed and suffocated.”

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