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Ain’t Misbehavin


“In 1929 Camden New Jersey was becoming the most rapidly growing places to get music developed and brought into the main stage. It was during this time that “Fats” Waller made Ain’t Misbehavin as part of the broadway play Hot chocolates. This song was made for Waller to address questions about his use of alcohol and his relationships with many different women. After producing and writing the song waller introduced the song to Louis Armstrong who would be the one to bring this song to new heights. Armstrong then changed the song so he could sing it on stage. Ain’t misbehavin quickly rose to the top of the charts around the United States jazz community. Ain’t misbehavin was adapted to a broadway play as a tribute to Waller and in 1978 it earned a Tony award for best Broadway musical.”

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