Here's That Rainy Day

"Here's That Rainy Day" is a popular song with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke that was published in 1953. It was introduced by Dolores Gray in the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders.[1]

"Here's That Rainy Day"
Song by Dolores Gray
Composer(s)Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyricist(s)Johnny Burke

Frank Sinatra recorded the song on March 25, 1959, for the Capitol album No One Cares, arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins. Sinatra performed it on a Timex-sponsored show entitled The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra broadcast on December 13, 1959, and on the Emmy-nominated Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing, broadcast on November 25, 1968. On November 18, 1973, he performed it on his television comeback special, Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra, in a medley with "Last Night When We Were Young" and "Violets for Your Furs".[2][3] Sinatra also performed the song during three concerts in 1974 at Caesar's Palace in Philadelphia and Saratoga, New York.[4]

Late-night talk show host Johnny Carson said "Here's That Rainy Day" by Frank Sinatra was his favorite ballad. Carson and Bette Midler sang the song on the penultimate episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992. Singer/songwriter Paul Williams sang the song on the show in ape makeup as part of promotion for his film Battle for the Planet of the Apes. After Carson's death in 2005, Doc Severinsen, Tommy Newsom, and Ed Shaughnessy performed the song with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on Late Show with David Letterman.[5]


The song has been recorded by many singers from different genres, including Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater,Glen Campbell (on a Dionne Warwick Television special Dionne Warwick Souled Out, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, June Christy, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Vic Damone, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, Astrud Gilberto (with Stan Getz), Lena Horne, Phyllis Hyman, Jack Jones, Gerard Kenny, Steve Lawrence, Peggy Lee, Kenny Rankin, Della Reese, Frank Sinatra, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Andy Williams and Nancy Wilson. It is also a favorite of jazz instrumentalists, with renditions by Joe Pass, Gene Ammons, Chet Baker, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Oscar Peterson, Kenny Rogers, Toots Thielemans, Urbie Green, Alvin "Red" Tyler, L.A. Jazz Quintet and McCoy Tyner.

  • Stan Getz and João GilbertoGetz/Gilberto Vol. 2 (1964)[6]
  • Stan GetzGetz Au Go Go (1964)
  • Sue RaneyAll by Myself (1964)
  • Paul DesmondEasy Living (1964)
  • Jack JonesWhere Love Has Gone (1964)
  • Wes MontgomeryBumpin' (1965)[6]
  • Coleman HawkinsWrapped Tight (1965)[6]
  • June ChristySomething Broadway, Something Latin (1965)
  • Charles McPherson - The Quintet/Live! (1966)
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. and Laurindo AlmeidaSammy Davis, Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays (1966)[6]
  • Stan Kenton and His OrchestraRoad Band '67 (1967), arranged by Dee Barton; OCLC 318882779
  • Chet Baker and the de:NDR BigbandThe Legacy, Vol. 1
  • Clare FischerSongs for Rainy Day Lovers (1967)[7]
  • Duke Pearson - Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (1968)
  • Bill EvansAlone (1968)
  • Freddie Hubbard - Straight Life (1971)
  • Kenny BarronPeruvian Blue (1974)
  • Art PepperLiving Legend (1975)[6]
  • Art PepperSan Francisco Samba (1977)
  • Phyllis HymanSomewhere in My Lifetime (1978)
  • Art PepperWinter Moon (1980)
  • Jon HendricksCloudburst (1982)
  • Stevie HollandRestless Willow (2004)
  • Natalie ColeStill Unforgettable (2008)
  • Bob DylanTriplicate (2017)


  1. ^ Furia, Philip; Lasser, Michael (12 May 2006). America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. Taylor & Francis. pp. 239–. ISBN 978-1-135-47199-6.
  2. ^ Frank Sinatra: "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back", Warner Reprise Video 38203-2
  3. ^ "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-15. Medley: Last night when we were young, violets for your furs, here's that rainy day.
  4. ^ John Ridgeway, "The SinatraFile, Part 3," Birmingham, England: John Ridgeway Books, 1980, p. 208.
  5. ^ Associated Press. "Letterman Pays Tribute To Johnny Carson", MSNBC, February 1, 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Albums containing a track with the title: Here's That Rainy Day". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  7. ^ "Songs for Rainy Day Lovers (Musical LP, 1967)". WorldCat. Retrieved 2013-03-20.