I really love swing music. Hearing it (or playing it) just makes me want to say, YEAH…
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is one of my long-time favorites. It has a fairly complex chord structure, and everything fits together so well that it doesn’t sound that complicated.
I would say that it’s chords are elegant and well placed. 😉
Tonight we celebrated my dad’s birthday, and we visited Grandma so that she could take part in the celebration as well. Since we were in such a small room, I had my dad play his mandola instead of his tenor banjo. I think it was a good choice.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ according to Wikipedia
“Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a 1929 song written by Fats Waller, Harry Brooks (music) and Andy Razaf (lyrics). Waller recorded the original version that year for Victor Records and also later performed the song in the 1943 film Stormy Weather. In a 1941 interview with Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Fats claimed the song was written while “lodging” in alimony prison, and that is why he was not “misbehaving.” There were six other recordings of the song released in 1929, including versions by Louis Armstrong, Ruth Etting, Gene Austin, and Leo Reisman and His Orchestra. It was used in the off-broadway musical Connie’s Hot Chocolates. It has been recorded by many other performers over the years, including Anita O’Day, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis, Kay Starr, Frankie Laine, Art Tatum, Sonny Stitt, Sam Cooke, Johnnie Ray, Sidney Bechet, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Elkie Brooks, Kermit Ruffins, and Bill Haley & His Comets (who recorded a rock and roll version in 1957). In 1960 Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers had a #3 hit in the UK with their version of the song. Leon Redbone performed the song on Saturday Night Live in 1976. It served as the title song of the successful 1978 musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.
The original 1929 recording of “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, by Fats Waller received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1984, and it was one of fifty recordings selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004.
In 2001, it was one of 365 Songs of the Century selected by the RIAA.