The Jazz Standards Project – Ain’t Misbehavin’

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ composed by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks, with lyrics by Andy Razaf.

Part of the Harlem Stride style of piano playing and a tune that led to recognition of Louis Armstrong on Broadway.

Ted Gioia recommends versions by Louis Armstrong (1929), Fats Waller (1929), Duke Ellington (1933), Paul Whiteman with Jack Teagarden (1935), Django Reinhardt (1937), Jelly Roll Morton (1938), Art Tatum (1944), Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis (1950), Johnny Harman (1955), Hank Jones (1978) and Dick Wellstood (1986). I found most of these and many others on @Spotify

Little Jack Horner scores a mention in the lyrics:

No one to talk with
All by myself
No one to walk with
But I’m happy on the shelf

Ain’t misbehavin’
I’m savin’ my love for you
For you, for you, for you

I know for certain
The one I love
I’m through with flirtin’
It’s just you I’m thinkin’ of

Ain’t misbehavin’
I’m savin’ my love for you

Like Jack Horner
In the corner
Don’t go nowhere
What do I care

Your kisses
Are worth waitin’ for
Believe me

I don’t stay out late
Got no place to go
I’m home about 8
Just me and my radio

Ain’t misbehavin’
I’m savin’ all my love for you

I don’t stay out late
Got no place to go
I’m home about 8
Just me and my radio

Ain’t misbehavin’
I’m savin’ my love for you

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