The Nearness of You

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"The Nearness of You"
The Nearness of You Glenn Miller 78.jpg
Single by Glenn Miller
A-side "The Nearness of You"
B-side "Mister Meadowlark"
Released 1940 (1940)
Recorded 1940
Genre Jazz
Label Bluebird
Songwriter(s) Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington

"The Nearness of You" is a popular song written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael, with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song was performed in the Paramount film Romance in the Dark (1938) by the lead actress Gladys Swarthout of the Metropolitan Opera. However, some debate this origin.[1]


The first big-selling version was recorded on April 28, 1940 by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with a vocal by Ray Eberle (Bluebird catalog number B-10745-A).[2][3] This recording first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on July 20, 1940 (though this is misleading, as this was Billboard's first chart) and lasted eight weeks on the chart, peaking at #5.[4]

Other popular contemporary versions were recorded by Kay Kyser's orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt, Columbia catalog number 35488),[2][5] by Dinah Shore with Paul Weston's orchestra (Bluebird catalog number 10793),[2][3] and by Eddy Howard with Lou Adrian's orchestra (Columbia catalog number 35511).[2][6]

In 1953, Bob Manning reached #16 on the pop charts with this song[7] on Capitol Records #2383 [8]

Jonathan Frakes[4] performed the song on trombone in "11001001" (1988), the 15th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, while in a holographic simulation of a 1958 New Orleans bar.

Sheena Easton released her version from her standards album in No Strings (1993) and for the soundtrack of Indecent Proposal (1993), in which she appears in a cameo singing the song with Herbie Hancock playing the piano in the movie.

Steve Buscemi sang/cried a version of the song as the not so happy character, Happy Franks, in the film The Impostors (1998), after the band leader protests that it is a little slow.

The song was performed by Norah Jones on her album Come Away With Me (2002), and (partially) in the film Two Weeks Notice (2002). It was also performed by Diana Krall on the Geoff Keezer album, Turn Up the Quiet.[citation needed]

A well-known bootleg recording exists featuring the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards performing a solo version, accompanying himself on piano. Richards performed the song live during the Stones' 2002-2003 Licks Tour. A performance was captured and released on the live album Live Licks (2004).

German jazz and pop artist Marc Secara recorded the song with the Berlin Jazz Orchestra on the CD You're Everything (2008); this was arranged for big band by Steve Gray.[9]

Norah Jones performed the song live at the Steve Jobs Memorial/Celebration of Life, at the Apple, Inc. corporate headquarters on October 19, 2011.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]

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  1. ^ Maycock, Ben. "Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (The Nearness of You)". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gardner, Edward Foote (2000). Popular Songs of the 20th Century: Chart Detail & Encyclopedia, 1900-1949. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-789-1. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bluebird Records in the 10500 to 10999 series". 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. 
  5. ^ a b "Columbia Records in the 35200 to 35499 series". 
  6. ^ a b "Columbia Records in the 35500 to 35999 series". 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Record Research Inc. p. 293. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  8. ^ Abrams, Steven & Settlemier, Tyrone (November 1, 2011). "Capitol 2000 - 2500, numerical listing discography". Online Discographical Project. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ Secara, Marc & Berlin Jazz Orchestra & Gray, Steve (arr.). You're Everything (CD).  Track #2.
  10. ^ a b Decca Records in the 3000 to 3499 series
  11. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 5500 to 5599 series
  12. ^ Victor Records in the 26500 to 26799 series
  13. ^ a b c MGM Records in the 30500 to 30887 series
  14. ^ Brunswick Records (UK) in the 05000 to 05976 series
  15. ^ King Records in the 6000 to 6426 series
  16. ^ King Records in the 4000 to 4997 series
  17. ^ a b Blue Note Records listing
  18. ^ a b c d Philips Records in the 40000 to 40690 series
  19. ^ Capitol Records in the 1000 to 1499 series
  20. ^ Varsity Records in the 8000 to 8419 series
  21. ^ a b Diamond Records listing
  22. ^ a b Apex Records (Canada) in the 76000 to 76999 series
  23. ^ a b Capitol Records in the 2000 to 2499 series
  24. ^ a b Capitol Records (Australia) listing
  25. ^ Capitol Records (UK) in the CL-13200 to CL-13999 series
  26. ^ Brunswick Records in the 80000 to 84032 and 55000 to 55444 series
  27. ^ Mala Records listing
  28. ^ [1]
  29. ^ [2]
  30. ^ a b Checker Records listing
  31. ^ a b Alternative Checker Records listing
  32. ^ a b Quality Records (Canada) in the K1001 to K1999 series
  33. ^ Discovery Records listing
  34. ^
  35. ^ [3]

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