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"I Wanna Be Around" is a popular song. In the lyrics, the singer declares that he "wants to be around" when the woman who spurned him inevitably gets her heart broken.

The song is credited to Sadie Vimmerstedt and Johnny Mercer. Mrs. Vimmerstedt was a housewife (or a beautician) in Columbus, Ohiomarker, who sent Mercer an idea for the song, as well as giving Mercer the title. Mercer wrote the song and agreed to share royalties and credits with Mrs. Vimmerstedt. The song was published in 1959.

Tony Bennett's 1963 recording remains the best known version of the song,(#14 pop, #5 easy listening); however, it has been recorded by many other artists, including Patti Page, James Brown, Buddy Greco, and Frank Sinatra, who recorded the song for his 1964 album with Count Basie & Quincy Jones, It Might As Well Be Swing.

The song was to be included as a part of The Beach Boys project SMiLE, but the project was scrapped, but later finished in 2004 by Brian Wilson.

The song was also sung by Sally on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Sam Pomerantz Scandals.


  1. Details on the song
  2. Johnny Mercer story, including how he came to write the song
  3. Story of the song's composition

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