(It) Ain't Nobody's Business (Buziness) If I Do ((Taint) 'T Ain't Nobody's Business (Biz-Ness) If I Do) (Porter Grainger, Robert Graham Prince, Clarence Williams) (Porter Grainger, Everett Robbins)

Irving Taylor is also registered as composer for the copyright on that title, Ike Turner, James J Witherspoon, Lou A Reed, Billy Idol, Woodie Guthrie and others are registered as composers for the copyright on similar titles [GEMA]

Sources:

GEMA. Wikipedia

Sheet Music:

Wright Lawrence Music Co Ltd

Recordings:

1922 - Anna Meyers - Oct. 19, 1922 - New York City - 69906 Pathé Actuelle 020870 - Anna Meyers (v), Original Memphis Five (Phil Napoleon (t), Charlie Panelli (tb), Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), Jack Roth (d))

1922 - Sara Martin - c early Nov. 1922 - New York City - 80679-3 Columbia unissued - Sara Martin (v), Her Brown-Skin Syncopators (Arthur (t), Claude Hopkins (p), Elmer Snowden (bj))

1922 - Sara Martin - c Dec. 1, 1922 - New York City - 71068-C OKeh 8043 - Sara Martin (v), T. Waller (p)

1923 - Bessie Smith - Feb. 15, early March, 1923 - New York City - Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)

1923 - Alberta Hunter - Feb. 23, 1923 - New York City - 1318-1,-2 Paramount 12016 - Alberta Hunter (v), Original Memphis Five (Phil Napoleon (t), Charlie Panelli (tb), Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), Jack Roth (d))

1923 - Mandy Lee And Ladd's Black Aces - April 23, 1923 - New York City - 8337-A Gennet 5142

1923 - Bessie Smith - cApril 26, 1923 - 80862-10 Columbia A3898 - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)

1923 - Lena Wilson - May 9, 1923 - New York City - 27894-3 Victor 19085 - Lena Wilson (v), Porter Grainger (p)

1927 - Earl Johnson --> see: Nobody's Dirty Business

1928 - Frank Stokes - Aug. 30, 1928 - Memphis TN - Victor 38500

1932 - Tommie Bradley - Champion 16696

1935 - Aunt Molly Jackson - Library of Congress recording 828 A1 (Lomax, Alan / Mary Elizabeth Barnicle)

39s/40s - The Ink Spots

1938 - Georgia White - April 1, 1938 - New York City - 63550-A Decca 7477 - Georgia White (v,prob.p), Lonnie Johnson (g), unknown (sb,d)

1940 - Fats Waller

1943-51 - Dinah Washington

1944 - Billie Holiday - Decca

1946-49 - Jimmy Wilson

1949 - Lowell Fulson - March 3, 1949 - Los Angeles CA - DB/ST 203

1949 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Nov. 15, 1947 - Supreme 1506

50s - Joe Tex

1955 - Big Bill Broonzy - Dec. 11, 1955 - Brussels, Belgium - Black & Blue 33012, on: Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill Broonzy (v,g)

1957 - Big Bill Broonzy - March 1957 - Nottingham UK - Spotlight 900, on: Trouble In Mind - Big Bill Broonzy (v,g)

1957 - Billie Holiday - Verve

1958 - Abbey Lincoln - Riverside, on: It's Magic

1959 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Blue Note, on: Singin' the Blues

1960 - Chris Barber Jazz Band - on: Bandbox No. 1

1960 - Memphis Slim - on: Blue This Evening

1961 - King Curtis - on: Trouble in Mind

1963 - Johnny Copeland - 102-1 Bragg 102

1964 - Davy Graham - on: Folk, Blues & Beyond...

1966 - The Bluesmen of the Muddy Waters Chicago Blues Band - Nov. 25, 1966 - New York City - Spivey 1008, on: The Bluesmen of the Muddy Waters Chicago Blues Band (released 1966) - Otis Spann (v,p), George Smith (h), "Main Stream" (Muddy Waters), Luther Johnson (g?,b?), Samuel Lawhorn (g), Francis Clay (d)

1966 - Bobby "Blue" Bland - on: The Soul of the Man

1967 - B.B. King - 1961/62 - Los Angeles CA - K447-1 Kent 447, Kent 521, on: The Jungle - B.B. King (v,g), prob. Kenny Sands (tp), Johnny Board, Bobby Forte (ts), Duke Jethro (p), Leo Lauchie (b), Sonny Freeman (d), unknown (g)

1967 - James Cotton - on: Cut You Loose!

1668 - Ike & Tina Turner - on: So Fine

1969 - Otis Spann - Chess, on: The Biggest Thing Since Colossus

1970 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins - 1969 - Houston TX - Philips 600-336, on: Because Is In Your Mind (Armpitrubber)

1970 - Mississippi John Hurt - April 15, 1965 [Vanguard's liner notes] (prob. 1966) - Oberlin, OH (Live at Oberlin College) - Vanguard 19/20, on: The Best Of Mississippi John Hurt - Mississippi John Hurt

70s - Rev. Cleophus Robinson, Sr.

1974 - Helen Humes - July 2, 1974 - Montreux Jazz Festival - on: On the Sunny Side of The Street

1974 - Freddie King

1975 - Ella Fitzgerald - Montreux 1975

1976 - Taj Mahal - on: Satisfied 'n Tickled Too

1987 - Angela Brown

1989 - Ruth Brown - June 12/13, 1989 - New York City - Fantasy F-9662, on: Blues On Broadway - Ruth Brown (v), Spanky Davis, Red Holloway (ts), Hank Carawford (as), Britt Woodman (tb), Rodney Jones (g), Bobby Forester (org), Al McKibbon (bs), Grady Tate (d)

1989 - Ranee Lee - on: Deep Song

1990 - B.B. King - May 25, 1990 - San Quentin CA - MCA 6455, on: Live at San Quentin - B.B. King...

1990 - Hank Williams Jr. - Curb, on: Lone Wolf

1991 - B.B. King - Nov. 10, 1990 - New York City - GRP 9637, on: Live At The Apollo - B.B. King...

1993 - B.B. King, Ruth Brown - Feb. 18, 1993 - Memphis TN - MCA 11443, on: How Blue Can You Get: Classic Live Performances 1964-1994 (released 1996) - B.B. King (v,g), Ruth Brown (v), Leon Warren (g), James Bolden (tp), Walter King, Melvin Jackson (s), James Toney (kbd), Michael Doster (b), Calep Emphrey Jr. (d), Tony Coleman (perc) - watch on YouTube (The Blues Summit Concert)

1994 - Solomon Burke - Black Top, on: Live at House of Blues

1994 - Eric Clapton - watch on YouTube

1995 - James Solberg Band - MP, on: See That My Grave is Kept Clean

1996 - Big Time Sarah - Delmark, on: Blues in the Year One-D-One

1997 - Dianne Reeves - Blue Note, on: That Day...

1998 - The Susan Tedeschi Band - Oarfin, on: Better Days

1998 - Les Wilson & the Mighty Houserockers - Red Lightnin', on: On the Road

1999 - Snooky Pryor - on: Can't Stop Blowin'

1999 - Rumble King - Poor Magician, on: When I Get There

1999 - Linda Sharrock - IMS, on: On Holiday

2000 - Bryan Jacobs - Orchard, on: Remington Steel

2000 - Willie Nelson - Island, on: Milk Cow Blues

2000 - Steve Rowe - Blue Skunk, on: Driving the Blues Away

2002 - Out of the Blue - Armadillo, on: Blues in a Bottle

2002 - Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood - Pyramid/Orpheus, on: Heavy Hitter

2005 - Megan Fanning - Collingwood, on: Influence

2005 - Little Joe Washington - Blues Interactions, on: Blues Reality

2006 - Barrelhouse Chuck - Viola, on: Slowdown Sundown

2007 - Bryan Lee - Justin Time, on: Katrina Was Her Name

2008 - East River String Band - ERR, on: Some Cold Rainy Day

2008 - Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis - Blue Note, on: Two Men with the Blues

2008 - Wshakoda - Columbia, on: Memphis Tennessee

2009 - Julie Charnet - on: Is You Is

2009 - Ronnie Earl - Stony Plain, on: Living in the Light

2009 - Duke Robillard - Stony Plain, on: Stomp! The Blues Tonight

2009 - Michael Tracey & the Hi-Tones - on: Got to Get Away

2010 - Delmar Brown - Apache Ranch, on: Do You Believe?

2010 - Steve Earl, Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Preservation Hall Recordings, on: Preservation

? - Sam Cooke

? - Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan

? - Kay Starr, Tennessee Ernie Ford

? - Peter Green

 

see also: Nobody's (Dirty) Business

Version as collected by Howard Odum (publ. 1911 in Journal of American Folklore)
Baby, you ought-a tole me,
Six months before you roll me,
I'd had some other place to go,
'Tain't nobody's bizness but my own.

Sometimes my baby gets boozy,
An' foolish 'bout her head,
An' I can't rule her,
'Tain't nobody's bizness but my own.

I'm goin' to happy Hollow,
Where I can make a dollar,
'Tain't nobody's bizness but my own.

I want to see my Hanner
Turn tricks in my manner,
'Tain't nobody's bizness but my own.

Don't care if I don't make a dollar,
So I wear my shirt an' collar,
'Tain't nobody' s bizness but my own.

 

Version Bessie Smith:
there ain't nothing I can do, or nothing I can say,
that folks don't criticize me.
but I'm going to do just what I want to anyway,
and don't care if you all despise me.

if I should take a notion
to jump into the ocean,
't ain't nobody's business if I do.

if I go to church on Sunday
and I shimmy down on Monday,
't ain't nobody's business if I do.

if my friend ain't got no money
and I say, " take all mine honey,"
't ain't nobody's business if I do.

if I give him my last nickel
and it leave me in a pickle,
't ain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.

I'd rather my man would hit me
than to double right up and quit me.
't ain't nobody's business if I do, do, do.

I swear I won't call no copper
if I'm beat up by my poppa.
't ain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.


Version Jimmy Witherspoon (1949):
Lord, Lord, Lord
Lord, Lord, Lord
ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

some of these days I’m going crazy
buy me a shotgun an' shoot my baby
ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

if I should take a notion
I go right down, jump in the ocean
ain't nobody's business if I do.

one day I have chicken and ...
yes, the next day I have nothin'
ain't nobody's business if I do.

if I attend church all day Sunday
yes, and cabaret all day Monday,
ain't nobody's business if I do.

if I stay out all night
spend my money, that's all right
ain't nobody's business if I do.

Version Jimmy Witherspoon (1956):
one day we got ham and bacon
the next day ain't nothin' shakin'
ain't nobody's business if do.

if me and my baby fuss and fight
and the next minute we all right
ain't nobody's business what I do.

baby, oh baby, mhhh
you know my love is true
it ain't nobody's business what we do.

I'm three times seven
that make 21
ain't nobody's business what I do
ain't nobody's business what I do.