I AIN'T GOT NOBODY

Latest update on 29/04/2010

Artist: Marion Harris
Author: Roger Graham/Spencer Williams/Dave Peyton
Label: Victor
Year: 1916

Millionseller. In 1914 I Ain't Got Nobody was copyrighted by Charles Warfield and David Young. In 1915 Spencer Williams and Dave Peyton copyrighted the almost similar I Ain't Got Nobody Much and that song was published in 1916, crediting the music to Williams and the lyrics to music publisher Roger Graham. Later that year Chicago music publisher Frank K. Root bought both songs, sending a version of each in competition. The Williams/Graham version caught on.

Covers:

1918:

Earl Fuller

1925:

Ida Cox

1926:

Bessie Smith

1926:

Cliff Edwards

1927:

Sophie Tucker

1927:

Fats Waller

1928:

Three Yodelers [with Milton Brown]

1928:

Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers [with Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey]

1929:

Louis Armstrong

1935:

Bob Wills [vocal: Tommy Duncan, in '32 his ticket to The Texas Playboys line-up]

1935:

Dorsey Brothers

1937:

Django Reinhardt

1957:

Louis Prima [in medley with Just A Gigolo]

1961:

Ann-Margret

1963:

Shane Fenton & The Fentones

1973:

Merle Haggard

1985:

David Lee Roth

2010:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band [vocal: Buddy Miller]

Later Spencer Williams also wrote Basin Street Blues and Careless Love, the latter with W.C. Handy. He also handled the famous Revue Nègre while choosing for then unknown Josephine Baker to be it's star and made the right decision to bring that show to more liberal, less prude and less racist Paris in 1925.

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