Stormy Monday

Album: Stormy Monday (1947)

Songfacts®:

  • "Stormy Monday," originally "Call It Stormy Monday" was written and recorded by T-Bone Walker in 1947 and released as a single on the label Black & White. It's about a a guy who is tormented every day of the week, as he prays to have his girl return.
  • This song has become a Blues standard, covered most famously by The Allman Brothers Band in 1971, but also recorded by B.B. King, Jethro Tull, Count Basie, Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Freddy Fender, Buddy Guy, Roberta Flack, The Jackson 5, Albert King, Etta James, Freddie King, Gary Moore and Leslie West. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Victoria, B.C., Canada, for above 2
  • Van Morrison covered this for his 2017 Roll With The Punches album, singing it as a melody with "Lonely Avenue." The Irishman told Uncut that he has had a long association with the song.

    "That would be 1963 when I first heard that. Bobby "Blue" Bland. I never heard the T-Bone Walker version until later. Hearing that song was a pivotal moment for me. There was a black GI who brought a 45 over from America. He was in the army and he played that song for me. It was one of those Eureka moments. It probably changed everything."

Comments: 4

  • Richard from Hialeah, Fl I haven't heard all the versions of this song but Lee Michaels take, in my opinion, would be hard to beat----His Hammond organ, along with Frosty's drums, is incredible----Hard to believe his name is not on that list.........
  • Ned from Falls Church, VaThe most hauntingly beautiful blues song ever. The Allman Brothers verison trumps all. Gregg nails it & Dickey/Duane guitar work is sensational; no one does pentatonic scale more emotionally (BB King once said of Duane: "That fellow get's it") or with more emphasis. Clapton come close but it's number 3. Who is number 2? A guy on YouTube. See for yourself. He explains the mechanics of the song and then play's it so well, it's very clear he "get's it".
  • Mike from Bloomington, IlWhat Joe said. Stevie Ray Vaughan with Albert King, on the album In Session.
  • Joe from Rocky Ridge, MdAlso recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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