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Do Nothing till You Hear from Me

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"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" (also written as "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me") is a song with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. It originated as a 1940 instrumental ("Concerto for Cootie") that was designed to highlight the playing of Ellington's lead trumpeter, Cootie Williams. Russell's words were added later. In 1944, Ellington's own recording of the song was a number one hit R&B chart for eight non-consecutive weeks and number six on the pop chart.

"Do Nothing till You Hear from Me" has since been performed by many famous musical artists, including:

  • Nat King Cole (1944 - with The King Cole Trio)
  • Billie Holiday (1944 - Live) (1955) (Studio - Stay With Me)
  • Lena Horne (1944)
    (Appears on her 2002 compilation album The Young Star)
  • Patti Page (1949 - released in 1986 on The Uncollected Patti Page (1949): Patti Page with Lou Stein's Music)
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1957)
    (Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book)
  • Mose Allison (1959 - Autumn Song)
  • Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington (1961 - The Great Summit)
  • Al Hirt (1962 - Horn-A-Plenty)
  • Anita O'Day (1962 - All the Sad Young Men)
  • Nina Simone (1962 - Nina Simone Sings Ellington)
  • Sammy Davis Jr. (with Sam Butera & the Witnesses)
    (1965 - When the Feeling Hits You!)
  • Cal Tjader & Carmen McRae (1982 - Heat Wave)
  • Harry Connick Jr. (1988 - 20)
  • Robert Palmer (1992 - Ridin' High)
  • Diana Krall (1993 - Stepping Out)
  • Phil Collins (1995 - from Quincy Jones's album Q's Jook Joint)
  • Tony Bennett (1999 - Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool)
  • Dr. John (1999 - Duke Elegant)
  • Silje Nergaard (2000 - Port of Call)
  • Andy Williams (2000)
    (Released on his 2001 live album Andy Williams Live)
  • Mary J. Blige (2001 - Red Hot + Indigo)
  • Robbie Williams (2001 - Swing When You're Winning)
  • Suzy Bogguss (2003 - Swing)
  • Gladys Knight (2006 - Before Me)
  • Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (date unknown - 2011 or Earlier)
  • References

    Do Nothing till You Hear from Me Wikipedia


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