Don’t Get Around Much Anymore 1942

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“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” is a jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. The tune was originally called “Never No Lament” and was first recorded by Ellington in 1940 as a big-band instrumental. Russell’s lyrics and the new title were added in 1942.

Two different recordings of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, one by The Ink Spots and the other by Ellington’s own band, reached #1 on the R&B chart in the US in 1943. Both were top-ten pop records, along with a version by Glen Gray. The Duke Ellington version reached #8 on the pop chart.


1943: The Ink Spots reached number 1 on the R&B chart for two non-consecutive weeks and number 2 on the pop chart
1953: Harry James recorded several live versions of the tune during the 1950s, including one from 1953 featuring Buddy Rich on drums on the album Live! (Sunbeam SB-230, 1979)
1956: Patti Page on Music for Two in Love
1957: Tab Hunter on Dot Records. The b-side to Ninety-Nine Ways, which was a #11 hit in March ’57. “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” itself charted at #74 in March 1957.
1957: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook for Verve Records
In September 1957 Eydie Gorme released a version on her album Eydie Swings the Blues Hallmark Records
1957: Nat King Cole on Just One of Those Things
1958: Bill Doggett included a cover on his album Salute To Duke Ellington, King Records 533.
1958: Mose Allison recorded it for his album Young Man Mose, Prestige PRLP 7137.
1959: June Christy recorded the song for her album Ballads for Night People and also on the album Spotlight on June Christy (1995)
1959: Ed Townsend released a version of the song on his album, Glad to Be Here.: The Coasters on their album One by One
1961: Mel Tormé on The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Songbooks for Verve Records
1961: Sam Cooke on My Kind of Blues
1961: Etta James on The Second Time Around for Argo Records
1965: Hank Crawford on Dig These Blues for Atlantic Records
1967: The Radars on Zodiac Z45-1318
1975: Title track of live recording of jam session with Rolf Ericsson, Tommy Körberg, Dick Morrissey, Terry Smith, and others on Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Live at Bullerbyn
1975: Mose Allison on Creek Bank for Prestige
1978: Willie Nelson recorded the song for his album Stardust
1987: Paul McCartney for his album Снова в СССР
1989: Harry Connick, Jr. on the soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally
1990: Grace Knight on the soundtrack of Come in Spinner, ABC TV (Australia)
1991: B. B. King on the King of the Blues compilation
1991: Joan Cartwright with Dr. Lonnie Smith (p), Bill Peeples (d), Bobby Tynes (s), Phil McArthur (b), recorded at Miamiway Theatre in Miami, included on her album In Pursuit of a Melody
1991: Natalie Cole on her album Unforgettable… with Love
1995: Chicago on their album Night & Day Big Band
1996: Michael Bublé on his album BaBalu
2003: Rod Stewart had also covered this song on his As Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook 2 cover album of pop standards
2004: Anne Murray on her album I’ll Be Seeing You
2006: Brooks Williams on his album Blues and Ballads
2009: Mark Isham & Kate Ceberano recorded a version for their Bittersweet album.
2010: Cliff Richard on his album Bold as Brass
2011: Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé on the album Duets II
2012: Tony Bennett and Miguel Bosé on the album Viva Duets
2015: Lowell Oakley on the eighth season of the American reality talent show The Voice