"Ain't Misbehavin'" is a 1929 song written by Fats WallerHarry Brooks (music) and Andy Razaf (lyrics).[1] 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 ArmstrongRuth EttingGene Austin, and Leo Reisman and His Orchestra. It was also used in the off-Broadway musical Connie's Hot Chocolates.[citation needed]

It has been recorded by many other performers over the years, including Anita O'DaySarah Vaughan (for "Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi"; 1950), Billie HolidayEartha KittElla FitzgeraldDjango ReinhardtMiles DavisKay StarrFrankie LaineArt TatumFloyd PepperSonny StittSam CookeJohnnie RaySidney BechetRay CharlesNat King ColeElkie BrooksEyran KatsenelenbogenWillie NelsonKermit RuffinsLeon RedboneDave Brubeck, and Bill Haley & His Comets (who recorded a rock and roll version in 1957). Johnnie Ray's version reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1956.[2] In 1960, Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers had a number 3 hit in the UK Singles Chart with their cover version of the song.[3] 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.


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Hank Williams, Jr. version[edit]Edit

"Ain't Misbehavin'"
Single by Hank Williams, Jr.
from the album Five-O
Released February 10, 1986
Genre CountrystrideNew Orleans jazz
Length 4:35
Label Warner Bros./Curb
Writer(s) Fats WallerHarry BrooksAndy Razaf
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, Hank Williams, Jr.
Hank Williams, Jr. singles chronology
"This Ain't Dallas"


"Ain't Misbehavin'"


"Country State of Mind"


Hank Williams, Jr.'s recording was one of the singles released from the album Five-O, his fiftieth album. The single met with great commercial success, making it to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986, becoming Williams' eighth number one single. Williams' version of "Ain't Misbehavin'" was also well received by critics, earning him nominations for the Country Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1986) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

See also[edit]Edit


  1. Jump up^ Wilson, Jeremy. "Jazz Standards Song and Instrumentals (Ain't Misbehavin')". Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  2. Jump up^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. Jump up^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 83. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
Preceded by

"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)" by The Judds

Billboard Hot Country Singles

number-one single May 17, 1986

Succeeded by

"Tomb of the Unknown Love" by Kenny Rogers

RPM Country Tracks

number-one single May 31, 1986

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