"Stormy Weather" and "Supper Time" . Two classic songs from the Great American songbook. Sung by 25 year old Lena Horne and 22 year old Barbra
Streisand. These two songs were introduced in the 1930s by the great Ethel
Waters. Great music and lyrics by the greats Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler, and
Photos: Lena Horne in Paris 1947
More details will follow relating to the background of these 2 songs
" Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler were writing music for shows at the Cotton Club, the premier Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and 1930s, where wealthy white patrons paid to watch celebrity black entertainers///. Arlen and Koehler worked at the Cotton Club from 1930 to 1934, writing songs for two shows per year. At a party in 1933, while fiddling around at a piano, they wrote "Stormy Weather" in less than 30 minutes, with Cotton Club entertainer Cab Calloway in mind to sing the song.
1933 Cotton Club Parade, Ethel Waters had recently returned to New York and may be available to sing "Stormy Weather."
Wealthy patrons queued up in front of the club to hear the great Ethel Waters sing it. It was to be Waters' only performance in the show, and she didn't appear until late in the first act.
The 1933 Cotton Club Parade was one of the most successful to be staged by the club, and came to be known as "The Stormy Weather Show." Waters' singing became the talk of New York and the song virtually launched a new career for her. Irving Berlin, who did not often frequent New York cabarets, traveled to Harlem to hear her sing and then signed her to appear in his new revue, As Thousands Cheer. "Stormy Weather" became Waters' signature song and she went on to make her own recording with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. With that recording, the song reached #1 on the pop charts for 1933.
Although "Stormy Weather" was immediately embraced by jazz musicians and extensively performed in the United States and Europe, it didn't become an all-time classic until 1943, when Lena Horne sang it in the Twentieth Century Fox film "Stormy Weather."
With its Cotton Club roots nearly forgotten now,"Stormy Weather" is most closely associated with Lena Horne and the 1943 film. It became Horne's signature song and she has recorded at least five different arrangements of the tune. "
abridged from source ( www.wicn.org_
AS THOUSANDS CHEER ( Musical by Irving Berlin, 1933:
"Ethel Waters delivered the mournful lament "Supper Time" as a Southern black woman whose husband has been lynched: this was the first time a comfortable white audience had ever been theatrically stunned by a song of racial pain."
"Supper Time It is about a wife's reaction to news of her husband's lynching"
" When Irving Berlin wrote the score to the Broadwy show
AS THOUSANDS CHEER, he composed one song expecially for Ethel Waters. It's a story of a woman who
just received word that her husband has been lynched
by a frenzied mob. The unforgettable "SUPPER TIME" "
I always find it interesting when 2 songs are combined,
like when Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand sang
"Happy Days are here again" and "Get Happy" together
on a TV program. The songs sort of complemented each other, and a more profound meaning emerged,
Pity that Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand never recorded
together. I always wondered if STORMY WEATHER and
SUPPER TIME were sort of blended together, these 2 songs originally recorded by the great Ethel Waters in the
1930s. I also wondered why Lena Horne never recorded
SUPPER TIME. I read somewhere that Ethel Waters was
upset when Lena Horne recorded STORMY WEATHER..
Guess Lena Horne did not want to upset Ethel Waters
again. But I'm sure she would have done a great version
of that Irving Berlin classic.
Lena Horne recorded STORMY WEATHER in 1942, the
same year Barbra was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Lena Horne was also from Brooklyn.
Lena's husband Lennie Hayton was the musical conductor of the film HELLO DOLLY (1969) that musical
extravaganza starring Barbra Streisand.
Academy award OSCAR to
Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman for Hello, Dolly!
in the category of: BEST MUSIC
"Score of a Musical Picture, Original or Adaptation"