When Sunny Gets Blue

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When Sunny Gets Blue (m. Marvin Fisher, w. Jack Segal)

Johnny Mathis with Ray Conniff and his Orchestra — originally issued on 5 November 1956 on the single Columbia 4-40784, as the B-side of “Wonderful! Wonderful!”

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June Christy – from her 1957 album Fair and Warmer!

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Nat King Cole – from the 1957 album Love is the Thing

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Charlie Rouse Quartet — recorded on 13 July 1961 in NYC; released on the LP We Paid Our Dues!, Epic LA 16018, an album on which half the tracks were recorded by the Charlie Rouse Quartet, and the other half by the Seldon Powell Quartet

personnel:
Charlie Rouse (ldr, ts)
Gildo Mahones (p)
Reggie Workman (b)
Arthur Taylor (d)

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Nancy Wilson — from the album Hello Young Lovers, released in 1962

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Sarah Vaughan — from the 1962 album Sarah + 2

Vaughan’s interpretation is unusual in that her “Sunny” is a man. But it becomes even more so since the lover who doesn’t come to call (though the lover referred to could be, in this case, Sunny himself) retaining the gender of the original lyric, is also a man.

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Donald ByrdAt the Half Note, Vol. 2, 1960

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Mel Tormé – accompanying himself on piano during an episode of Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual TV series, orig. air date 2 May 1964

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Lesley Gore — recorded c.1965(?), released in 1994 (Bear Family Records, Germany) on the 5 disc set It’s My Party!

note, 31 January 2014: About a year and a half since it disappeared from video libraries this recording is still unavailable to those who failed to download it when it was free and now refuse to pay Bear Family Records a not insignificant ransom — presently $108.79 $132.28 at Amazon for the box set.

update, 26 June 2016: The aforementioned box set is presently unavailable at Amazon, or at least at the link provided above.

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Barbra Streisand – from her 1967 album Simply Streisand

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Anita O’Day – album: I Get a Kick Out of You, 1975

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Judy’s turn to cry:

According to The Judy Room, When Sunny Gets Blue was the last recorded song sung by Judy Garland. They provide the following audio file and description:

06-16-69: This is the last known recording of Judy singing prior to her death on June 22nd [1969]. That’s her husband, Mickey Deans, on the piano and also heard feeding the lyrics to “When Sunny Gets Blue” to Judy. Anita O’Day is also present, chatting with Judy and singing a bit of “The Lady Is A Tramp.” The part of the rehearsal recording with “Sunny” is the audio for the following video.

(below) Video containing the recording, provided by Michele Bell, who also dates the recording 16 June 1969. Garland died six days later.

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I was only joking, your honor:

The composers of the song “When Sunny Gets Blue” claimed that their song was infringed by “When Sonny Sniffs Glue,” a 29-second parody that altered the original lyric line and borrowed six bars of the song. A court determined this parody was excused as a fair use. Important factors: Only 29 seconds of music were borrowed (not the complete song).

See also a detailed case summary at the website Open Jurist, here: Fisher v. Dees, 794 F.2d 432 (9th Cir. 1986
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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John Behle
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 02:16:38

    I’m here on a snowy morning in Maryland. Just listened to the rendition by Anita O’Day–made me shiver even more. I’m lovin’ that I just discovered this new site, songbook.

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  2. SoSaysSunny
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 04:05:50

    I was named (in part) for this song’s title character. So nice to find several renditions in one place.

    Reply

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  4. Sandy Dileo
    Oct 31, 2016 @ 01:53:46

    Does anyone know if there is a transcription of Light Jazz Academy version? (solo piano)

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  5. KLR
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 17:42:54

    The version of this I always come back to was from a bunch of discs Joanie Summers made for radio broadcasts, the CD is called Look Out! Early 60s. There’s just something about it that knocks me out.

    Reply

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