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Here's That Rainy Day (1953)

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Carnival in Flanders closed after only six performances but generated a top jazz standard composition in “Here’s That Rainy Day,”

- Jeremy Wilson

Rank 100
Music Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics Johnny Burke

Dolores Gray introduced “Here’s That Rainy Day” in the Broadway musical, Carnival in Flanders, which opened on September 8, 1953, at the New Century Theatre.


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Carnival in Flanders was based on the 1935, French film comedy La Kermesse Heroique, which had won several Best Foreign Film awards. Despite the success of the source material, a score by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, and a cast that boasted John Raitt, the production struggled to establish itself. Veteran film director Preston Sturges was hired to salvage the play three weeks before its Broadway debut, but the last-minute rescue attempt was not enough, and the show closed after only six performances.

Carnival in Flanders, for all its brevity, left its impression on Broadway. The Van Heusen/Burke score generated a top jazz standard composition in “Here’s That Rainy Day,” and Raitt’s co-star, Dolores Gray, won a Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical, a standing record for the shortest-lived, Tony-Award-winning role!


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Alec Wilder
American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950
Oxford University Press; Reprint edition
Hardcover: 576 pages

(Author/composer Wilder analyzes the music in his definitive book on American popular song.)

- Jeremy Wilson

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Original recording 1964
“Here’s That Rainy Day” is a highlight of this album, on which McRae puts her behind-the-beat phrasing to use in singing songs with bittersweet moods. The band, led by pianist and arranger Norman Simmons, offers gentle but solid support.
Joe Pass
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The master pianist at work, exploring, solo, every nook and cranny of the song.
Charles McPherson
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Gonzalo Rubalcaba
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Cuban pianist Rubalcaba slows the song almost to a halt, allowing the trio to explore it intimately. There is peace and elegance throughout.
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Vocalist Leonhart has hidden her light under a bushel for too long. This is a wonderful collection of songs, dealt with in a straight-forward manner and with unusual and varied instrumentation. Just piano and strings on this cut make it delicious.
Kenny Rankin
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The golden-throated singer has been hard to peg stylistically, but here, in the company of master arranger/conductor Don Costa, he proves his jazz credentials in a compelling reading of “Here’s That Rainy Day.”
Elvin Jones/ Richard Davis
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“Here’s That Rainy Day” stands out as a gem on an uneven album. Drummer Jones and bassist Davis are airtight, and the quartet partakes in some intriguing conversation.

- Ben Maycock

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