Are You Havin’ Any Fun?

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PROFILE
Composer Jack Yellen
Lyricist Sammy Fain
Year Written 1939
About Are You Havin’ Any Fun? “Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” was written for the 1939 George White’s Scandals. George White produced these Broadway revues from 1919 to 1939. Stars introduced in his Scandals include Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman, Ray Bolger and The Three Stooges.

Lyrics

Hey fellow with a million smackers
And nervous indigestion
Rich fellow, eats milk and crackers
I’ll ask you one question
You silly so and so
With all your dough….

Are you havin’ any fun?
What y’gettin’ out o’ livin’?
What good is what you’ve got
If you’re not havin’ any fun?

Are you havin’ any laughs?
Are you gettin’ any lovin’?
If other people do,
So can you, have a little fun

After the honey’s in the cone
Little bees go out and play
Even the old grey mare down home
Has got to have hay….HEY!

You better have some fun
You ain’t gonna live forever
Before you’re old and gray, feel okay
Have your little fun, son!
Have your little fun!

Why do you work and slave and save?
Life is full of ifs and buts
You know the squirrels save and save
And what have they got…..NUTS!

Better have a little fun
You ain’t gonna live forever
Before you’re old and grey, still okay
Have your little fun, son!
Have your little fun!
Are you havin’ any fun?

Session / Album Information

1959

“Are You Havin’ Any Fun” was recorded on January 5, 1959 and was released in 1959 on Basie/Bennett. The song was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording also released on:

  • 1959: Emus Records LP 12″: ES-12026 — Strike Up The Band
  • 1961: Roulette LP 12″: R/SR-25072 — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
  • 1961: Roulette LP 12″: SR 25231 — Bennett & Basie – Strike Up The Band
  • 1963: Roulette LP 12″: R/SR-25231 — Strike Up the Band
  • 1966: Bravo! EP: BRR 378 — Tony Bennett & Count Basie
  • 1966: Allegro LP 12″: ALLR 799 — A One Night Stand! [UK]
  • 1969: Saga Eros LP 12″: EROS 8076 — Tony Bennett and Count Basie
  • 1981: Reactivation LP 12″: JR 149 — Bennett & Basie [UK]
  • 1987: Roulette CD: RCD 59021 — Strike Up the Band
  • 1987: Pickwick CD: PWK 032 — Count Basie Featuring Tony Bennett
  • 1990: Roulette Jazz CD: CDP 7 93899 2 — Basie/Bennett
  • 1990: Roulette CD: B2-93899 — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
  • 1995: DCC CD: DZS 004 — Chicago
  • 1995: Garland CD: 21 — Chicago
  • 1999: St.Clair CD: 5731 — Forever Gold
  • 2002: Prestige Elite CD: 220 — Chicago
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2007: St.Clair CD: STCR 52282 — Forever Gold: Tony Bennett & Friends
  • 2008: Jasmine CD: JASCD482 — Together At Last/A Perfect Combination
  • 2011: Disc #13 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK13) Basie/Bennett
  • 2012: Essential Media Group: Bennett & Basie Strike Up The Band (Digitally Remastered) (CD-R on-demand)

2006

“Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” was recorded on February 15, 2006 with Elvis Costello and was released that same year on Duets: An American Classic. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876809792 — Duets: An American Classic
  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876887352 — Duets: An American Classic [Target Stores]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 828768858721 — Duets: An American Classic [Australia]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 82876885862 — Duets: An American Classic [UK, Singapore]
  • 2011: Disc #70 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK68) Duets: An American Classic

2012

“Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” was recorded in 2012 with Dani Martin and released on Viva Duets.

This recording released on:

  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88725473102 – Viva Duets
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765400972 – Viva Duets (Target Release)
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765402412 – Viva Duets (Deluxe edition)

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