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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

Written by Fred E. AhlertJoe Young

Album This song officially appears on the Kisses On the Bottom Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012

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Song facts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHjcesPazSAFrom Wikipedia:

“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” is a 1935 popular song with music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Joe Young. It has been recorded many times, and has become a standard of the Great American Songbook. It is one of several songs from the Harlem Renaissance featured in the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.

American Public Media’s business-news program, Marketplace, uses a portion of Fats Waller’s version to open its weekly letters-from-listeners segment.

The first big hit version (#5 on the Billboard charts) was by Fats Waller recorded on May 8, 1935 (Victor 25044), reaching further heights in the charts (#3) for the Boswell Sisters in the following year (January 6, 1936—Decca 671 B (60302-A)).

Charlie Gracie (mostly known for his 1957 #1 hit “Butterfly” on Cameo Record label #105—45rpm) recorded “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” (Cadillac Record label #141—45 rpm). The flip side of the record was a song written by Gracie, “Boogie Woogie Blues”.

The song was recorded by Frank Sinatra for his 1954 album Swing Easy, Bing Crosby for his 1957 LP Bing with a Beat and again by Sinatra in 1962 for his collaborative album with Count Basie, Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First.

The song had a major revival in 1957 in a recording (on April 3) by Billy Williams, which reached #3 on the Billboard magazine charts (a reported million-seller).

Among other versions are recordings by Nat “King” Cole, Scatman Crothers, Gregory Isaacs, Barry Manilow, Dean Martin, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Linda Scott, Shakin’ Stevens and Sarah Vaughan. Bill Haley & His Comets recorded a rock and roll version of the song in 1957. Fabian recorded his version of the song in 1960 on Chancellor Records. In 1974 Cleo Lane included the song as her opening song on the album I Am a Song and sang on stage during her subsequent tour.

Madeleine Peyroux also covered this song on her debut album Dreamland (1996).

In 2012 Paul McCartney covered it on his album of standards, Kisses on the Bottom and chose one of its lines as the title.

Last updated on February 22, 2014

Lyrics

I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you
I'm gonna write words oh so sweet
They're gonna knock me off my feet
A lotta kisses on the bottom
I'll be glad I got ‘em

I'm gonna smile and say
I hope you're feeling better
And close with love the way you do
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you

~SOLO~

I'm gonna smile and say
I hope you're feeling better
And close with love the way you do
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe, ah
I'm gonna make believe
I'm gonna make believe, it came from you

Officially appears on


Kisses On the Bottom

Official album • Released in 2012

2:36 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma:
Producer
Diana Krall:
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins:
Drums
Robert Hurst:
Bass
John Pizzarelli:
Guitar

Session Recording:
Second half of 2011 (?)
Studio:
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

2:36 • Studio version


Bootlegs


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

2:34 • Alternate take • Rough Mix, alternate intro


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:36 • Studio version


Videos

Live performances

“I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter” has been played


Live From Capitol Studios

Feb 09, 2012 • USA • Los Angeles • Capitol Records Building


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