Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a jazz composition that was written in 1929. Andy Razaf wrote the lyrics and Fats Waller and Harry Brooks wrote the score. Ain’t Misbehavin’ was specifically created as a theme song for Connie’s Hot Chocolates, an off-Broadway play.
Fats was quoted in a 1941 interview as having written the song while “lodging” in alimony prison, and this he was not “misbehaving”.
In a later rendition of the play, Louis Armstrong took over as the orchestra director. Armstrong had a trumpet solo in the song that was so well received that he was asked to play it on stage rather than in the orchestra pit.
This particular arrangement was written by Pat Donohue, one of my heroes – although I added my own touch.
Pat himself saw the video