Here’s That Rainy Day was written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Published in 1953 and and first introduced in the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders, this tune became a huge hit not only in the jazz world but in pop as well. A slew of hit artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Bill Evans, and Freddie Hubbard, to name a few, recorded and performed this tune. The former late-night show host Johnny Carson claimed that Frank Sinatra’s version of “Here’s That Rainy Day” was his favorite ballad. Though a staple ballad piece, it has been performed in many different styles including bossa and swing. The most common jam session key for instrumentalist is G major.

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