This song is a jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington that began life as “Never No Lament” in 1940 as an instrumental for his band. The lyrics by Bob Russell and the change to “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” came in 1942. Two versions, one by the Inkspots and one by Duke Ellington reached #1 in the R&B charts in 1943 and also did well in the pop chart.
Bob Russell went onto to work in Hollywood on many movie scores and was an Oscar Nominated for his work. He also had a major hit with popular music with his collaboration with Bobby Scott, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” in 1969, recorded by The Hollies.
The song has been covered by many jazz and pop artists over the years including Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Paul McCartney, Harry Connick Jnr, Anne Murray, Tony Bennett and Michael Buble.
Here with his own terrific version of the song is William Price King.
William Price King
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the last 30 years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
You can find William’s performances that we feature each Wednesday in the following link
And the previous posts on the life and music of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald here..