Let The Good Times Roll

B.B. King and Tony Bennett

B.B. King and Tony Bennett


PROFILE
Songwriters Sam Theard, Fleecie Moore
Year Written 1946
About Let The Good Times Roll
This song, known as a “jump blues” song, was written by Sam Theard, a New Orleans singer and songwriter, with his wife, Fleecie Moore. Residents and visitors to New Orleans may be more familiar with the French version of the saying: Laissez le bon temps rouler. The first recording was in 1946 by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five. The song charted well on the Billboard R&B chart. Other recordings include those by Ray Charles, George Fame and the Blue Flames, Muddy Waters and Clifton Chenier. B.B. King recorded “Let The Good Times Roll” in 1999.

Lyrics

Hey, everybody, let’s have some fun
You only live but once
And when you’re dead you’re done

So let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
I don’t care if you’re young or old
Get together, let the good times roll

Don’t sit there mumblin’, talkin’ trash
If you wanna have a ball
You gotta spend some cash

So let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
I don’t care if you’re young or old
Get together, let the good times roll

Hey Mr. Landlord, lock up all the doors
When the police comes around
Just tell them that the joint is closed

And let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
I don’t care if you’re young or old
Get together and let the good times roll

Hey everybody, tell everybody
That B.B.’s in town
I got a dollar and a quarter
Just rarin’ to clown
But don’t let nobody play me cheap
I got fifty cents more that I’m gonna keep

So let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
I don’t care if you’re young or old
Get together and let the good times roll

Session / Album Information

2001

“Let The Good Times,” a duet with B.B. King, was recorded in May, 2001 and released that same year on Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues. The vocals were arranged by Rob Mathes.

This recording released on:

  • 2001: Columbia CD: CK 85833 — Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues
  • 2003: Globo/Columbia CD: 0030 2 — All The Best [Brazil]
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #67 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK65) Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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