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Harold Arlen

A "New" Stormy Weather

by Rich Conaty

Ethel Waters introduced "Stormy Weather," written by Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen, in the 1933 "Cotton Club Parade." She was accompanied by Duke Ellington's Orchestra.  The song was a hit, and it was recorded by Waters (for Columbia), Ellington (Brunswick) and even composer Arlen for Victor Records.  All were issued contemporaneously, along with at least a dozen more versions in the USA and UK.  They weren't covers in the sense we think of them today; the song was the thing.