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Published on Nov 12, 2008
"I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" is a song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song was first recorded by R&B singer Tommy Hunt as the title track for his 1962 album, and issued as a single (Scepter 1236, b/w "And I Never Knew.") It was produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and arranged and conducted by Burt Bacharach. Two years later it was a #3 hit for Dusty Springfield in the UK. In 1966, Dionne Warwick had a hit with a Burt Bacharach arranged version in the United States. Burt Bacharach recorded a version, which can be found on The Look of Love: The Collection (UK 2001). The song has since been covered by many artists of varied backgrounds including Isaac Hayes, 1970; Marcia Hines, 1976; Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1978; Demis Roussos, 1978; The Photos, featuring Wendy Wu, 1980; Linda Ronstadt, 1994; Steve Tyrell, 2003; And Trijntje Oosterhuis in 2007 & Tina Arena also in 2007. A 2002 release of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Away We a Go-Go, included their version of the song (recording year unknown). Also in 1997, the soundtrack to My Best Friend's Wedding included a version by Nicky Holland. In the film, Cameron Diaz sings the song in a karaoke scene. In 2003, it was released as a single by the American alternative rock band The White Stripes. It was the second single from their album Elephant. The video for the White Stripes version is a black-and-white video featuring Kate Moss pole dancing and was directed by Sofia Coppola.