Don George

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For the Canadian football player, see Don George (Canadian football). For the American boxer, see Don George (boxer).

Don R. George (1909–1987) was an American popular music lyricist. His songs include "The Yellow Rose of Texas"[1] "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" (1937), "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (1944) and "Everything but You" (1945).[2] George has also written lyrics for film songs.[1]

He was a personal friend[3] and occasional lyricist of jazz composer Duke Ellington, whom he followed closely from 1943 until Ellington's death in 1974.[1] It was with Ellington that he wrote many of hist best-known songs.[2] George wrote a 1981 biography of Ellington titled Sweet Man: The Real Duke Ellington.


  1. ^ a b c "Jazz in print". The Jazz Man. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Don George". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Wein, George; Chinen, Nate (2004). Myself Among Others: A Life in Music. Da Capo Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-306-81352-8. 

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