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I Wanna Be Around

"I Wanna Be Around" is a popular song. In the lyrics, the singer declares that he "wants to be around" when the woman who spurned him inevitably gets her heart broken. The song is credited to Sadie Vimmerstedt and Johnny Mercer.

Origins

Vimmerstedt was a grandmother and housewife [1] (or a beautician)[2] in


  1. ^ Details on the song
  2. ^ Johnny Mercer story, including how he came to write the song
  3. ^ Story of the song's composition
  4. ^ Koda, Cub. - Jools HollandJools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-25.

References

The Tony Bennett recording is used as the theme song for Joey Diaz's Podcast "The Church Of What's Happening Now".

The song was also sung by Sally (Rose Marie) on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, "The Sam Pomerantz Scandals".

The song was to be included as a part of The Beach Boys project Smile, but the project was scrapped, only to later be finished in 2004 by Brian Wilson.

Tony Bennett's recording, from his 1963 album of that name, remains the best-known version of the song, (#14 pop, #5 easy listening), and has appeared in several films, namely 1990's The Freshman; however, it has been recorded by many other artists, including Dorothy Loudon (in her album "Saloon"), Patti Page, James Brown, Buddy Greco, Dinah Washington (for her final album Dinah '63), and John Cale (for the 2002 album Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues).[4] Ironically, Frank Sinatra himself also covered the song (for his 1964 album with Count Basie & Quincy Jones, It Might As Well Be Swing), although it is unclear whether he knew of the inspiration he himself provided.

Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her album Laughing on the Outside (1962).

Recordings

. 1959 The song was published in [3]

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