The phrase "a storm in a tea cup" means a problem that is not as big as it appears; a song with this title, credited to Rubin-Roker, was first recorded by The Fortunes. Shortly after it was recorded by Lynsey de Paul as the B Side of her first single, "Sugar Me
." Rubin was Lynsey's birth name; her collaborator Ron Roker started out as a song plugger before moving into songwriting. He told us: "'Storm' was written when Lynsey and I had our first writing session together. We both loved Tamla and soul, and at that time a song called 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me' by the Tams was around, and we attempted to write something we thought might suit that group. We came up with Storm and didn't even have a proper demo of it, just Lynsey at the piano and me singing with her onto our one-track portable cassette recorder.
We took it in to the office and somehow Roger Cook heard it and said he wanted it for the Fortunes. Thanks to good fortune, or should I say Fortunes (pardon the pun), we were very lucky because he did record it with them and they did a great job.
I haven't ever heard a soul version of it, but I often wonder what a group such as the Four Tops or the Temptations, with all their fantastic harmonies would have done with it, although with all the great songs they had already recorded I don't think 'Storm' is a song they would have even considered, but it's nice to dream..."