Ain’t Misbehavin’

19 01 2012

Ain’t Misbehavin’ (I’m Savin’ My Love for You)—T. Waller/H. Brooks/A. Razaf, 1929 (Recorded January 19, 2012) This Fats Waller standard has to be one of the tunes from the jazz age that is most well-known among people alive today, partly because of Leon Redbone’s version, which he performed on a Saturday Night Live show in 1976, and also because of the massively popular 1978 Broadway musical revue of the same title. Lots of 20th Century musicians recorded it—jazz people, pop stars, R&B singers, and even rock ‘n’ rollers. It’s a classic, one that influenced me toward the jazzier side of sounds early in my musical career.

From Wikipedia:

In a 1941 interview with Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Fats [Waller] claimed the song was written while “lodging” in alimony prison, and that is why he was not “misbehaving.”


I recorded this cut for the Ukulele Cosmos’s monthly Open Invitational. Go to that site to hear lots of cool ukulele-centric takes on this venerable chestnut.

UPDATE: I’ve uploaded a third version of the song. Unhappy with the other two, I thought I’d give it one more shot. This recording is a once-through track with no overdubs or cut-ins. I just added a bit of EQ and a smidge of reverb. Not sure if it’s really any better than the others, but what the hey.