Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine is a musical song by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song, which was published in 1946 by the publisher Chappell & Co., became a part of the Great American Songbook and a jazz standard.


The song was written for the musical St. Louis Woman, which wrote the two authors together. The musical, which played in 1898, was premiered on 30 March 1946 by an African-American cast with Pearl Bailey, Ruby Hill, Rex Ingram, but disappeared after 113 performances from the stage. The song is performed in the musical Ruby Hill and Harold Nicholas.

Features of the song

The song " is one of the most touching declarations of love in American song literature: The oath of eternal love here refers specifically to sunshine and rainy days, good and bad fortune, wealth and poverty. The 32 -bar melody is created in the form of a song ABAC and alternates between major and minor. In this case, " ruled the minor; in the melody, which seems to have stalled over long distances in a kind Parlando - rhythm, dominate jumps down "In this respect, the setting is more reminiscent of the rainy days ". , not only in good, but especially in bad times ... "

Reception history

As early as 1946 different versions of the songs were recorded, as Sy Oliver with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra and Helen Forrest Dick Haymes. Even if the song in the charts was not as successful at the time, he was in the 1950s to a standard. The versions by Dinah Washington ( 1954) and Ray Charles ( 1959), the moving considered as exemplary " shadow aspect " despite a trombone despite use of Bob Brookmeyer almost kitschy arrangements designed. For more listenable versions come from Sarah Vaughan, accompanied by Miles Davis (1950 ), but also by Billie Holiday (1955) and Ella Fitzgerald ( quite optimistic 1977).

The trio of Bill Evans took in 1959 an instrumental version of the song for the LP Portrait in jazz. In the same year he was also recorded by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers for their album Moanin '. Later followed Wes Montgomery with Johnny Griffin and 1999, the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Also, Come Rain or Come Shine took again Frank Sinatra (1961 ) and Diane Schuur (1986 ), which won a Grammy for best female jazz vocal performance for her standards album. Keith Jarrett interpreted the song with his Standards Trio.