Don't Get Around Much Anymore

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"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Song by Duke Ellington
Written1940 (music), 1942 (lyrics)
Published1942 by Robbins Music
Composer(s)Duke Ellington
Lyricist(s)Bob Russell

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is a jazz standard written by composer Duke Ellington.[1] The song was originally entitled "Never No Lament" and was first recorded by Duke Ellington and his orchestra on May 4, 1940.[2] "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" quickly became a hit after Bob Russell wrote its lyrics in 1942.[3]

Two different recordings of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", one by The Ink Spots and the other by Ellington's own band, reached No. 1 on the R&B chart in the US in 1943. Both were top-ten pop records, along with a version by Glen Gray. The Duke Ellington version reached No. 8 on the pop chart.[4]

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