The Very Thought of You
"The Very Thought of You" is a jazz 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"|
1934 release by Ray Noble with Al Bowlly on vocals on Victor Records
|Single by Ray Noble and His Orchestra|
|Genre||Pop standard, jazz|
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.
In Mitch Albom's best-selling book Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch's wife, Janine, sings this song to Morrie Schwartz. 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
- Bing Crosby recorded the song on October 5, 1934 with Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra.
- In 1946, Luis Russell recorded the song, which went to number three on the Most-Played Juke Box Race Records charts. A rhythm and blues version by Little Willie John was reached number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. Three years later Ricky Nelson's rock and roll version reached No. 26 on the Billboard chart, lasting 7 weeks in the Hot 100, and crossing to No. 11 on the Billboard magazine Easy Listening chart.
- Chris Botti with Paula Cole – Italia (2007)
- Tony Bennett with Paul McCartney - Duets: An American Classic (2006)
- Nat King Cole – The Very Thought of You (1958)
- Harry Connick Jr. – Only You (2003)
- Dizzy Gillespie – Jazz in Paris (1953)
- Billie Holiday with Lester Young – 1938
- Wynton Marsalis with Ellis Marsalis – Standard Time Vol. 3: The Resolution of Romance (1990)
- Ray Noble with Al Bowlly – 1934
- Pee Wee Russell – Swingin' with Pee Wee (1960)
- Frank Sinatra - for his album Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain (1962).
- Sarah Vaughan with Barney Kessel – Sarah Plus Two (1962)
- Natalie Cole – Unforgettable... with Love (1991)
- Albert King in the album Born under a bad sign (1967)
- Doris Day in the film Young Man with a Horn (1950)
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