Do Nothing till You Hear from Me

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"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" (also written as "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me") is a song with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. It originated as a 1940 instrumental ("Concerto for Cootie") that was designed to highlight the playing of Ellington's lead trumpeter, Cootie Williams.[1] Russell's words were added later. In 1944, Ellington's own recording of the song was a number one hit R&B chart for eight non-consecutive weeks and number six on the pop chart.[2]

"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" has since been performed by many famous musical artists, including:


  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.  Tape 2, side A.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 185. 
  3. ^ The King Cole Trio. "Sessions of 1944". Nat King Cole: An Informal Discography.
  4. ^ Holiday, Billie. "B. Live Sessions". Billie Holiday Songs.
  5. ^ Horne, Lena. "The Young Star" (CD, Compilation, Remastered, Mono). RCA/BMG/Bluebird. 2 September 2002.
  6. ^ Page, Patti. "The Uncollected Patti Page...with Lou Stein's Music". Hindsight. 1986.
  7. ^ Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington. "The Complete...Sessions". Roulette Records. 1990.
  8. ^ Al Hirt, Horn A-Plenty. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  9. ^ Dr. John. "Duke Elegant (CD, Album)". Parlophone. 1999.
  10. ^ Nergaard, Silje. "Port of Call (CD, Album, Digipak)". EmArcy. 2000.
  11. ^ Williams, Andy. "Andy Williams Live: Treasures from His Personal Collection". Neon Records. 10 July 2001.
  12. ^ Bogguss, Suzy. "Swing (CD, Album)". Compadre Records. 2003.
  13. ^ Knight, Gladys. "Before Me". Verve. 10 October 2006.
  14. ^ Fiona Apple & Jon Brion. "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me". YouTube: LyricsBYFionaAppleIT. 21 February 2011.
Preceded by
"Ration Blues" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
"G.I. Jive" by Johnny Mercer
Billboard Harlem Hit Parade number-one single
January 15, 1944
January 29, 1944
Succeeded by
"G.I. Jive" by Johnny Mercer
"Solo Flight" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra