You Can Depend on Me (song)

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"You Can Depend on Me"
Single by Brenda Lee
from the album Brenda, That's All
B-side"It's Never Too Late"
ReleasedMarch 1961
Format7" vinyl single
Recorded1 January 1961
Songwriter(s)Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap, Earl Hines
Producer(s)Owen Bradley
Brenda Lee singles chronology
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
"You Can Depend on Me"
"Dum Dum"

"You Can Depend on Me" is a song written by Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap and Earl "Fatha" Hines and performed by several people, including Louis Armstrong (1931[1] and 1951), Count Basie (1939[2]), Earl Hines himself (1940), Lester Young (1956), Nat King Cole (1957) and Brenda Lee (1961). Lee's "You Can Depend on Me" reached No.6 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in April 1961.[3] In 1962 it was featured on Lee's album Brenda, That's All.[4]

Recorded in 1949, the notable Lennie Tristano contrafact "Wow" is based on the chord changes to You Can Depend on Me.

It should not be confused with the song of the same name, "(You Can) Depend on Me," recorded by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles in 1959.


  • BMI Work #1712327, "You Can Depend on Me"
  1. ^ Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, "I Got Rhythm / You Can Depend on Me" at Discogs; recorded November 5, 1931, and released as 10" 78 rpm Shellac on Columbia Records.
  2. ^ Count Basie and His Orchestra, "Oh Lady Be Good / You Can Depend on Me" at Discogs, with Lester Young and James Rushing, released as 10" 78 rpm Shellac by Decca Records.
  3. ^ Allmusic chart history
  4. ^ Allmusic album info

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