James’s deep and earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. James’s music covers are many, and all have been both interesting and distinctive. James’s voice, her sounds and music style have kept the music of yesteryears alive, blending in with the music taste newer generations.
The song “Stormy Weather” was written in 1933 by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, and first sung in 1933 by Ethel Waters at The Cotton Club, which was a prominent night club in Harlem. That same year, the song was recorded by Ethel and sung in London by Elisabeth Welch and recorded again by Frances Langford. Also in 1933, for the first time the entire floor revue from Harlem’s Cotton Club went on tour, playing theatres in principal cities. The revue was originally called The Cotton Club Parade of 1933 but for the road tour it was changed to Stormy Weather Revue; it contained the song “Stormy Weather”, which was sung by Adelaide Hall.
Got coffee or tea? Relax and enjoy the share!
5 thoughts on “STORMY WEATHER | Etta James”
A true classic and fine addition to the American Song Book. Arlen was a brilliant songwriter and the Cotton Club was so important to music, then and now. Thanks for posting!
Thank you. Stormy weather is a classic, first given signature by Lena Horne. Classics are to be appreciated, I suppose that is why new renditions are continually being made. Regards.
What a lovely, lovely voice. Indeed perfect with a cup of coffee or tea! Thanks for sharing, AOC! 🙂
Wow – that was fantastic!
Thank you so much for listening and enjoying.❤️🎶🎶🎶
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