Don't Get Around Much Anymore

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is a jazz standard written by composer Duke Ellington.[1] The song was originally entitled "Never No Lament" and was first recorded by Duke Ellington and his orchestra on May 4, 1940.[2] "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" quickly became a hit after Bob Russell wrote its lyrics in 1942.[3]

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Song by Duke Ellington
Written1940 (music), 1942 (lyrics)
Published1942 by Robbins Music
Composer(s)Duke Ellington
Lyricist(s)Bob Russell

Two different recordings of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", one by The Ink Spots and the other by Ellington's own band, reached No. 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 No. 8 on the pop chart.[4]

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  2. "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  3. Furia, Philip; Lasser, Michael L. (2006). America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780415972468.
  4. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 185.
  5. Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
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  7. "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
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  9. Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 125. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  11. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 275.
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