The song was originally recorded by Sammy Kaye with vocals by Don Cornell, and then recorded in 1949 by Mel Tormé, whose version reached no.1 on the US pop chart and became Tormé's first major success. It was also recorded by many other singers including Bing Crosby and Al Martino.
In the UK, a version by comedian and entertainer Des O'Connor reached no.6 on the UK singles chart in 1967. In the 1970s, the song became a country hit in the US for Dottie West, and was later recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis.
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