Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

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PROFILE
Composer Duke Ellington
Lyricist Bob Russell
Year Written 1940
About Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Originally written as an instrumental, 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.

Lyrics

Missed the Saturday dance
Heard they crowded the floor
Couldn’t bear it without you
Don’t get around much anymore

Thought I’d visit the club
Got as far as the door
They’d have asked me about you
Don’t get around much anymore

Well darling, I guess that my mind’s more at ease
But nevertheless, why stir up memories?

Been invited on dates
Might have gone but what for
Awfully different without you
Don’t get around much anymore

Session / Album Information

1967

“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” was recorded on January 27, 1967 and released that year on the album Tony Makes It Happen! It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9453 — Tony Makes It Happen!
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2653 — Tony Makes It Happen!
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SPBG 63055 — Tony Makes It Happen! [UK]
  • 1967: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 769 — The Very Thought Of You
  • 1971: Harmony LP 12″: KH 30758 — The Very Thought Of You
  • 1973: Columbia LP 12″: C 32239 — Sunrise, Sunset
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 1994: Smithsonian Collection CD: A 23172 — American Songbook Series: Duke Ellington
  • 2011: Disc #34 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK33) Tony Makes It Happen!
  • 2011: Disc #48 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK47) Sunrise, Sunset

1999

“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” was recorded in May 1999 and released that same year on the album Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 63668 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2011: Disc #65 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK63) Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool

2011

“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” with Michael Bublé was recorded in 2011 and was released that year on Duets II. It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697662532: Duets II
  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697961501: Duets II (LP)
  • 2011: Disc #71 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK69) Duets II
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

2012

“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” was recorded in 2012 with Miguel Bose and released on the deluxe edition Viva Duets.

This recording released on:

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

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