Lena Horne: Stormy Weather

Track

Stormy Weather

Artist

Lena Horne (vocals)

CD

The Young Star (RCA 63964)

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Musicians:

Lena Horne (vocals),

Mannie Klein (trumpet), Jack Mayhew, Mort Friedman, Archie Rosati (saxes), Lou Busch (piano), Mischa Russell, Nick Pisani (violin), Perry Botkin (guitar), Artie Bernstein (bass)

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Composed by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler. Arranged by Ned Freeman

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Recorded: Hollywood, CA, December 15, 1941

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Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Eight days after Pearl Harbor, the breathtaking Lena Horne correctly forecasts long-term war clouds. The following year, in Hollywood's Stormy Weather (1943), an all-black musical biopic of dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Horne co-starred and reprised the title song. Lip-synching at her apartment window opposite an El Train station, Lena misses her man so much she's oblivious to a virtual hurricane battering Harlem. The role made her a star, and "Stormy Weather" became her signature. Here, Ned Freeman's Harlem- Meets-Hollywood arrangement is a washout, discordantly mixing Ellington-style jungle growls with Vine Street violins. Still, Lena's star shines undimmed through the clouds.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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