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Li'l Darlin' is a 1957 jazz standard, composed by trumpeter Neal Hefti for the Count Basie Orchestra. After lyrics were added by Jon Hendricks, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross recorded it with Basie in 1958. When Basie's orchestra performed it live on the Judy Garland Show in 1959, Mel Torme sang, and Ella Fitzgerald also recorded the song with the orchestra for her 1971 album. It became a favourite of numerous instrumentalists, particularly guitarists such as Joe Pass, Charlie Byrd, George Benson, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell, Howard Alden, George Van Eps and Howard Roberts. Pass performed it live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979. Vocalist Mark Murphy recorded it in 1961, as did the Hendricks & Company in 1982, and vocalist Kurt Elling in 2001. Martin Taylor published his arrangement of the piece in a 2000 issue of Guitar Techniques.
The Basie arrangement without lyrics was often used as the closing theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.