Written by: Ellington, Russell
Recorded: 21 July 1987
Producer: Paul McCartney
Released: 31 October 1988 (USSR), 30 September 1991 (UK), 29 October 1991 (US)
Choba B CCCP
Paul McCartney: vocals, guitar
Mick Gallagher: piano, keyboards
Nick Garvey: vocals, bass guitar
Henry Spinetti: drums, percussion
Paul McCartney recorded a version of Duke Ellington’s jazz standard ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ for his 1988 album Choba B CCCP.
Originally titled ‘Never No Lament’, it was first recorded by Ellington in May 1940. Two years later it became a hit single with the addition of lyrics by Bob Russell.
McCartney’s version of ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ was recorded on 21 July 1987, along with at least three other songs: ‘Ain’t That A Shame’, ‘Crackin’ Up’, and ‘I Wanna Cry’.
The recording was, with ‘Kansas City’, ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’, and ‘Midnight Special’, one of several golden oldies released in 1987 on the ‘Once Upon A Long Ago’ 12″ and CD singles.
The following year it was the closing song on side one of Choba B CCCP, which was initially available in the Soviet Union and given an international release in 1991.