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Don't Get Around Much Anymore

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

Other versions

  • Mose AllisonYoung Man Mose, Prestige, 1958)
  • Mose Allison – Creek Bank (Prestige, 1975)
  • Louis Armstrong with his All-Stars and Duke Ellington – The Great Reunion (1961) and included on The Great Summit
  • Louis Armstrong – I've Got the World on a String (1960)
  • Tony Bennett and Miguel BoséViva Duets (2010)
  • Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé – Duets II (2011)
  • Michael BubléBaBalu (1996)
  • Joan Cartwright with Lonnie SmithIn Pursuit of a Melody (1991)
  • ChicagoNight & Day Big Band (1995)
  • June ChristyBallads for Night People and Spotlight on June Christy (1995)
  • The CoastersOne by One (1960)
  • Nat King ColeJust One of Those Things (1957)
  • Natalie ColeUnforgettable... with Love (1991)
  • Harry Connick Jr.When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
  • Sam CookeMy Kind of Blues (1961)
  • Hank CrawfordDig These Blues (Atlantic, 1965)
  • Bing Crosby – recorded on April 15, 1977, and included on the album A Tribute to Duke
  • Bill DoggettSalute to Duke Ellington (King, 1958)
  • Dr. John with Ronnie CuberDuke Elegant (1999)
  • Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (Verve, 1957)
  • Eydie GorméEydie Swings the Blues (1957)
  • Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra (vocals by Kenny Sargent and LeBrun Sisters) – recorded July 27, 1942 for Decca. This reached No. 7 in the pop chart. (1943)
  • Earl HollimanCapitol (1958)
  • Tab Hunter on Dot. The B-side to "Ninety-Nine Ways", which was a No. 11 hit in March 1957. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" itself charted at No. 74 in March 1957.
  • The Ink Spots reached No. 1 on the R&B chart for two non-consecutive weeks and No. 2 on the pop chart (1943)
  • Mark Isham & Kate CeberanoBittersweet (2009)
  • Etta JamesThe Second Time Around (Argo, 1961)
  • Harry James with Buddy RichLive! (Sunbeam, 1979)
  • B.B. King with the Maxwell Davis Orchestra – Compositions of Duke Ellington and Others (1960)
  • B.B. King with Duke Ellington Orchestra – King of the Blues (1992)
  • Grace KnightCome in Spinner, ABC TV (Australia) (1990)
  • Paul McCartneyСнова в СССР (1987)
  • Anne MurrayI'll Be Seeing You (2004)
  • Anna Nalick - The Blackest Crow (2019)
  • Willie NelsonStardust (1978)
  • Patti PageMusic for Two in Love (1956)
  • The Radars – (Zodiac, 1967)
  • Cliff RichardBold as Brass (2010)
  • Rod StewartAs Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook 2 (2003)
  • Mel TorméThe Duke Ellington and Count Basie Songbooks (Verve, 1961)
  • Ed TownsendGlad to Be Here (1959)
  • Brooks WilliamsBlues and Ballads (2006)