The song of the day for Wednesday, August 14, 2013, is “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”
About This Song
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” was written in 1940 by Duke Ellington. Like many Ellington songs, it was originally an instrumental and was originally known as “Never No Lament”; Bob Russell added the lyrics in 1942 and gave the song its new name. The song is noted for having the common Mondegreen: Mister Saturday Night. Ellington’s first recording with vocals was made in 1943 and featured Al Hibbler.
About This Version
Today’s song is from the 1967 album Tony Makes It Happen! (The title of the album is answer to the fourth song on the first side of the album: “What Makes It Happen.”)
If you’ve seen the film The Zen of Bennett (and if you haven’t, why not?), you might remember that it has a scene where Tony and Michael Bublé record this song for Duets II. Daegal Bennett asks his Dad to sing the last line kind of all on one note and high like he used to sing it. His Dad replies that he never sang anything that high. I think Daegal was thinking of this recording. And it was almost that high.
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” as well as the album Tony Makes It Happen!, is available from iTunes.