Don George

Don R. George (August 27, 1909 – 1987) was an American lyricist of popular music. His songs include "The Yellow Rose of Texas"[1] "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" (1937), "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (1944) and "Everything but You" (1945).[2] George has also written lyrics for film songs.[1]

He was a personal friend[3] and occasional lyricist of jazz composer Duke Ellington, whom he followed closely from 1943 until Ellington's death in 1974.[1] It was with Ellington that he wrote many of hist best-known songs.[2] George wrote a 1981 biography of Ellington titled Sweet Man: The Real Duke Ellington.


  1. "Jazz in print". The Jazz Man. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  2. Ankeny, Jason. "Don George". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  3. Wein, George; Chinen, Nate (2004). Myself Among Others: A Life in Music. Da Capo Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-306-81352-8.
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