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Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Album This song officially appears on the Once Upon a Long Ago #2 12" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1987
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” is a jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. The tune was originally called “Never No Lament” and was first recorded by Ellington in 1940 as a big-band instrumental. Russell’s lyrics and the new title were added in 1942.

Two different recordings of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore“, one by The Ink Spots and the other by Ellington’s own band, reached #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 #8 on the pop chart.

Paul McCartney recorded “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” in 1987 for inclusion on his “Choba B CCCP” album ; from the liner notes of the album:

If ever a song was US government issue by default, it has to be Duke Ellington’s Don’t Get Around Much Anymore. Those opening lines … “Missed the Saturday Dance/Heard they crowded the floor/Couldn’t bear it without you/Don’t get around much anymore” … vividly capture the plight of a million GI Joes a million miles from home, crouched in a fox-hole with a spring-crank portable gramophone and fresh out of clean socks. It was to rival both You’ll Never Know and I’ll Walk Alone for World War Two ‘Our Song’ popularity. Updated, Paul’s arrangement may well be straight to the point, but the original sentiments remain the same.

In Western countries where “Choba B CCCP” was only released in 1991, this version of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” was first issued a B-side of Once Upon A Long Ago single.

Last updated on April 17, 2018

Lyrics

Well
I missed the Saturday dance
I might have gone but what for
It's awfully different without you
Don't get around much anymore.

Thought I'd visit the club
I got as far as the door
They'd have asked me about you
Don't get around much anymore.

Oh, darling I guess
My mind's more at ease
But nevertheless
Why bring back memo, why bring back memo
Why bring back memories.

Been invited on dates
I heard they crowded the floor
Doesn't matter without you
Don't get around much anymore.

Oh, darling I guess
My mind's more at ease
But nevertheless
Why bring back memo, why bring back memo
Why bring back memories.

Thought I'd visit the club
Got as far as the door
They'd have asked me about you
Don't get around much anymore.

Officially appears on


Once Upon a Long Ago #2

12" Single • Released in 1987

2:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Once Upon a Long Ago #4

CD Single • Released in 1987

2:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Paul McCartney ROCKS

Official album • Released in 1990

2:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Choba B CCCP

Official album • Released in 1991

2:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Choba B CCCP (2019 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2019

2:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

3:31 • Soundcheck


It's Now Or Never (The Complete Russian Sessions)

Unofficial album • Released in 1990

2:53 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK



UK Singles Collection - Volume 04

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:53 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Let'Em Out Vol. 3 - Outtakes & Upgrades

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

Alternate takeA1 • Part of 1st "Choba B CCCP" medley used for promotional purposes.

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Aug 20, 1987


Live performances

“Don't Get Around Much Anymore” has been played in 1 concerts and 4 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Don't Get Around Much Anymore” has been played


The Last Resort

Nov 27, 1987 • United Kingdom • London • Ewart Television Studios • TV show


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