The song of the day for Friday, April 30, 2021, is “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me.”
About This Song
“Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” was written by Duke Ellington, with lyrics from Bob Russell, 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 from Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. Jorge Calandrelli wrote the arrangement.
“Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, is available from Apple Music.
Here’s Ellington’s 1944 recording of “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me.”