The song of the day for Friday, February 27, 2015 is “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”
About This Song
Originally written as an instrumental in 1940, Ellington named the song “Never No Lament.” Bob Russell’s lyrics came in 1942 and the song’s title was changed to the current “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” The somewhat sad lyric of the jilted lover who would just rather stay home bumps up against the very cheerful tune and makes for a delicious dichotomy.
About This Version
Today’s version is Tony Bennett’s first version of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” recorded in 1967. It was arranged by Marion Evans, who arranged all of the songs on Tony Makes It Happen! It’s a very fine arrangement and was used on the Duets II version with Michael Bublé.
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” as well as Tony Makes It Happen!, is available from iTunes.