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"The Very Thought of You" is a jazz[2] and pop standard that was recorded and published in 1934 with music and lyrics by Ray Noble. The song was first recorded by Ray Noble and His Orchestra with Al Bowlly on vocals for HMV in England in April 1934. This record was then released in the United States by Victor. Noble re-recorded the song in 1941 for Columbia with vocals by Snooky Lanson. "The Very Thought of You" was used in the Barbara Stanwyck film A Lost Lady.

"The Very Thought of You"
The Very Thought of You Ray Noble 78 1934.jpg
1934 release by Ray Noble with Al Bowlly on vocals on Victor Records
Single by Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Released1934 (1934)
Format78 rpm
RecordedApril 1934
GenrePop standard, jazz
LabelVictor 24657[1]
Songwriter(s)Ray Noble
Music video
Al Bowlly "The Very Thought of You" on YouTube

The song was the subject of litigation in 1962. In 1934 Noble assigned the copyright to British publisher Campbell, Connelly & Company. But before the copyright was renewed, Noble assigned the United States copyright to M. Witmark & Sons. Suit was brought by Campbell, Connelly against Noble, stating that the assignment covered all rights, including rights in the U.S. A British High Court judge ruled in favor of Campbell, Connelly.[3]

In Mitch Albom's best-selling book Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch's wife, Janine, sings this song to Morrie Schwartz.[4] It is also pertinent to say that the line in one verse "I see his face in every flower" is lifted from the poem " I see his blood upon the rose"by Joseph Mary Plunkett an Irish poet who was executed following easter rising in Ireland and in 1916

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