The song of the day for Thursday, April 7, 2016 is “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me.”
About This Song
Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Bob Russell, wrote “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” in 1940. As with most Ellington songs, the tune was written first and the lyrics added later. Also, as with most Ellington songs, it became a favorite song of both instrumental and vocal musicians. Ellington recorded the song in 1944 and it was a hit on both the R&B and Popular charts. Other recordings include those by Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis, Jr., Anita O’Day and Nina Simone.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” in 1999 for Tony Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. The arrangement is by Jorge Calandrelli.
“Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, is available from iTunes.