The Very Thought of You

"The Very Thought of You" is a 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, and it reached number one on the pop music charts.[2]

"The Very Thought of You"
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1934 release by Ray Noble with Al Bowlly on vocals on Victor Records
Single by Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Published1934 by Campbell, Connelly & Co
Released1934 (1934)
RecordedApril 1934
GenrePop standard
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. A 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]

Charting cover versionsEdit


  1. ^ Colin Bratkovich (2014-05-08). Just Remember This. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 247–. ISBN 978-1-4836-4519-3.
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004
  3. ^ "British Ruling on Renewal Rights Studied for Import". Google Books. Nielsen Business Media. 1 December 1962. p. 6. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 507.
  5. ^ "Hot 100 - Billboard". Billboard. April 3, 1961. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Natalie Cole – Unforgettable: With Love". Allmusic. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1992-05-23. Retrieved 2021-01-01.