Ethel Waters introduced "Stormy Weather," written by Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen, in the 1933 "Cotton Club Parade." She was accompanied by Duke Ellington's Orchestra. The song was a hit, and it was recorded by Waters (for Columbia), Ellington (Brunswick) and even composer Arlen for Victor Records. All were issued contemporaneously, along with at least a dozen more versions in the USA and UK. They weren't covers in the sense we think of them today; the song was the thing.
There are seven birthday salutes on tonight's "Big Broadcast," including Dolly Dawn (pictured at the 1000th BB in 1992), who got her start singing with the George Hall band, which played at the NYC's Taft Hotel. Another is songwriter Haven Gillespie, who started out as a newspaperman; turning to composing in the early 1920s. One of his best known songs, "Beautiful Love," is included on the latest "Big Broadcast" collection.
To quote myself: