I am so mad at myself for never exploring Ain't Misbehavin' before. It is so, so good. You can hear the influences of basically every song ever written afterwards in this music. Listening to it is like listening to honey. I don't even talk like this normally, but there is no other way to say it. These voices flow in this music and it is rich and sweet and fantastic. And it's funny (not overtly funny) and doesn't take itself too seriously (which would be impossible). LISTEN TO AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'!
Nell Carter, goddamn.
I DARE you to listen to "Handful of Keys" and not start dancing. It's impossible. You will be moving. Even if it's just a foot or slight leg... you will be.
Oh, and Charlaine Woodard kills "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now."
Music by Fats Waller
Lyrics by "Various"
Book by Richard Maltby Jr, Murray Horowitz