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] Other recordings to reach the Billboard charts in 1944 were by Woody Herman and by Stan Kenton (vocal: Red Dorris).[3]

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 492. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  4. ^ The King Cole Trio. Sessions of 1944. Nat King Cole: An Informal Discography.
  5. ^ Holiday, Billie. B. Live Sessions. Billie Holiday Songs.
  6. ^ Horne, Lena. The Young Star (CD, Compilation, Remastered, Mono). RCA/BMG/Bluebird. 2 September 2002.
  7. ^ Page, Patti. The Uncollected Patti Page...with Lou Stein's Music. Hindsight, 1986.
  8. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  9. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington. The Complete...Sessions. Roulette Records, 1990.
  11. ^ Al Hirt. Horn A-Plenty. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  12. ^ Dr. John. Duke Elegant (CD, Album).Parlophone, 1999.
  13. ^ Nergaard, Silje. Port of Call (CD, Album, Digipak). EmArcy, 2000.
  14. ^ Williams, Andy. Andy Williams Live: Treasures from His Personal Collection. Neon Records, 10 July 2001.
  15. ^ Bogguss, Suzy. Swing (CD, Album). Compadre Records, 2003.
  16. ^ Knight, Gladys. Before Me. Verve, 10 October 2006.
  17. ^ 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 with Paul Weston and His Orchestra

"Solo Flight" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra featuring Charlie Christian
The Billboard Harlem Hit Parade number-one single
(Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra version)

January 15, 1944 (one week)
January 29 – March 4, 1944 (six weeks)
March 25, 1944 (one week)
Succeeded by
"G. I. Jive"
by Johnny Mercer with Paul Weston and His Orchestra

"Solo Flight" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra featuring Charlie Christian

"Cow-Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Yi-Ay)"
by Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots