Memories of You
- This article is about the song. For the album by Bette Midler, see Memories of You (album).
The song was introduced by singer Minto Cato in the Broadway show Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930. A 1930 version recorded by Louis Armstrong featuring Lionel Hampton is the first known use of the vibraphone in popular music.
A version of the song recorded by The Four Coins from the biopic The Benny Goodman Story reached #22 on the Billboard magazine chart in 1955. Robert Wyatt's version appears on his single "Shipbuilding", released in 1982, and was reissued on the CD Mid-Eighties (1993).
Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra performed a moving, melancholy instrumental version on the final airing of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, May 22, 1992. The song played over a five-minute "scrapbook" tribute montage showing brief silent clips of some of Carson's favorite guests - seen interacting with the host through the years.
Notable cover versions
- Louis Armstrong (1930)
- The Ink Spots feat. Bill Kenny (1939)
- Duke Ellington (1930)
- Ethel Waters (1931)
- Lionel Hampton (1937)
- Glen Gray (1937)
- Anita O'Day (1942)
- Erroll Garner (1945)
- Billy Eckstine (1947)
- Art Tatum (1953)
- Thelonious Monk (1955)
- Judy Garland - Judy (1956)
- Ted Heath (1956)
- George Shearing (1956)
- Stan Kenton (1957)
- Charles Mingus (1957)
- Count Basie (1958)
- Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa (1959)
- Frank Sinatra (1961)
- Al Hirt - Horn A-Plenty (1962)
- Ella Fitzgerald (1964)
- Jaki Byard (1968)
- Benny Goodman
- Robert Wyatt (1982)
- Billy Eckstine & Benny Carter with Bobby Tucker (1986)
- Shirley Horn (1989)
- Mel Tormé (1992)
- Terry Trotter & Clare Fischer - It's About Time (1993)
- Clare Fischer - The Latin Side (1998), On a Turquoise Cloud (2002)
- Bert van den Brink & Clare Fischer - Bert van den Brink Invites Clare Fischer (2001)
- Bette Midler (2003) - also the title of her 2010 retrospective, Memories of You
- Al Hirt, Horn A-Plenty Retrieved April 8, 2013.
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