Stormy Weather was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, and first sang by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club. The tune was originally written for Cab Calloway, vocalist and band leader. However, Calloway left his residence at the Cotton Club allowing Duke Ellington to return. Ethel Waters was hired on to sing the tune. This tune has been covered extensively by vocalist and has become a jazz standard, especially among vocalists. Being a popular vocalist piece, it has been played in many different keys. The charts and play-along below are in the key of G major.

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