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"Ain't Misbehavin'"
Single by Hank Williams, Jr.
from the album Five-O
Released 1986
Genre Country
Length 4:35
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf
Producer Jimmy Bowen, Hank Williams, Jr.
Hank Williams, Jr. singles chronology
"This Ain't Dallas"
"Ain't Misbehavin'"
"Country State of Mind"

"Ain't Misbehavin'" is a 1929 song written by Thomas "Fats" Waller, Harry 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. It has been recorded by countless other performers over the years, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Kay Starr, Frankie Laine, Art Tatum, Sonny Stitt, Johnnie Ray, Sidney Bechet, Ray Charles, Elkie Brooks, Bill Haley & His Comets (who recorded a rock and roll version in 1957). In 1960 Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers had a #3 hit in the UK with their version of the song. 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.


Hank Williams, Jr. version

Hank Williams Jr. took his version to the top of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.


Chart positions

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
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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