Etta James' debut album yielded the signature hit "At Last
" with the bluesy singer rejoicing over finally finding her true love. Another track on the album, "A Sunday Kind Of Love," finds her in the midst of her search. She's over the good time Saturday night flings and wants a real relationship that lasts all week.
Written by little-known songwriters Anita Leonard and Stan Rhodes in 1946, the song was already a jazz and pop standard by the time James belted her classic rendition. It was first sung by Fran Warren with Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra in 1946 and became a signature tune for the vocalist. It was published through Italian American singer Louis Prima's company, but he agreed to give up publishing rights to the prominent Leeds Music if he and Barbara Belle, one of his managers, were given credit as additional songwriters. Covers from Prima, Jo Stafford, Ella Fitzgerald, The Del Vikings, and Dinah Washington followed but it's most often associated with James.