I Ain't Got Nobody
David Lee Roth notwithstanding, the definitive version of â€śI Ainâ€™t Got Nobodyâ€ť remains the one by Louis Prima, whose hit 1956 medley with â€śJust a Gigoloâ€ť continues to turn up in Mafia movies on a regular basis. But if you can get by without the medley aspect, check out Benny Goodmanâ€™s sublime small-group version, Fats Wallerâ€™s solo recording, or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboysâ€™ western swing yodel-fest. The Goodman and Waller versions are in the key of F. The songâ€™s first eight bars are shown below.
Excerpted from Early Jazz and Swing Songs for Guitar