Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me

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Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (m. Rube Bloom, w. Ted Koehler) was introduced by Cab Calloway and his Orchestra in the Cotton Club Parade of 1939. Hal Kemp and his Orchestra had a hit with their recording that year as did Frank Sinatra with his 1953 recording, arranged by Nelson Riddle. Despite a mere two commercial hits to support it, the song has become an upper tier standard of jazz.

Jazzstandards.com notes that

“Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” was a popular success almost from day one. Cover versions were recorded by many big bands, beginning with Les Brown’s early big band in February, extended throughout the year with versions by Glenn Miller, Bunny Berigan, Hal Kemp, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.

Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, vocal: Ray Eberle, 1939

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Quintette du Hot Club de FranceDjango Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France, avec Stéphane Grappelli — Stéphane Grappelli (p); Django Reinhardt (g solo); Joseph Reinhardt, Eugène Vées, Pierre “Baro” Ferret (g); Emmanuel Soudieux (b); Beryl Davis (vo) 25 August 1939 – London

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Jens Dennow’s Orkester – København (Copenhagen) - 1940

Video provider northatlantic78rpm says (spelling corrected and normalized, numerous repetitions of the first names removed):

Jens Dennow was a popular Danish bandleader in Copenhagen in 1930 and 40s. Was married to Gerda Neumann, a very popular Danish jazz singer and actress. This record is the only one Dennow made with Neumann…[who is]…better remembered for her recordings with her brother Ulrik Neumann, the Danish jazz guitarist and entertainer. Dennow and Neumann died on January 26th 1947 in the plane crash in Kastrup Lufthavn ( Copenhagen Airport ) together with the American singer Grace Moore, on their way to Stockholm, Sweden. Dennow was the impressario of Moore during her final visit to Scandinavia.

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Frank Sinatra

recorded 30 April 1953, arr: Nelson Riddle

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Mel Tormé – 1957

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Johnnie Ray – 1957

Youtubeprovider HURT1940 says,

The album “In Las Vegas” was recorded in 1957 over a three day period at the Desert Inn. This song was recorded again by Johnnie for his 1959 UK album “A Sinner Am I”.

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Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis and his Orchestra – 1959

billieholidaysongs.com info:

Session #88 New York 04/March/1959 Ray Ellis and his Orchestra (MGM) — Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison (tp) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Gene Quill (as) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Milt Hinton (b) Unknown harp Osie Johnson (d) Billie Holiday (v) + strings

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Michael Iannarino
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 10:25:07

    Louis Prima-Keeley Smith version.

    Reply

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