I Ain't Got Nobody

Posted by David Hamburger

David Lee Roth notwithstanding, the definitive version of “I Ain’t Got Nobody” remains the one by Louis Prima, whose hit 1956 medley with “Just a Gigolo” continues to turn up in Mafia movies on a regular basis. But if you can get by without the medley aspect, check out Benny Goodman’s sublime small-group version, Fats Waller’s solo recording, or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys’ western swing yodel-fest. The Goodman and Waller versions are in the key of F. The song’s first eight bars are shown below.

Aint Got Nobody EXCERPT
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Excerpted from Early Jazz and Swing Songs for Guitar

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