The Nearness of You

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"The Nearness of You"
Single by Glenn Miller
B-side "Mister Meadowlark"
Released 1940
Recorded 1940
Genre Jazz
Label Bluebird Records

"The Nearness of You" is a popular song, written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Ned Washington.

The song was featured in the Paramount film Romance in the Dark, which was released in 1938 starring John Barrymore and John Boles. In the film, it was performed by the lead actress Gladys Swarthout of Metropolitan Opera fame. However, some debate this origination.[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 magazine Best Seller chart on July 20, 1940 (though this is misleading, as this was Billboard's first chart) and lasted 8 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]

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

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

Jonathan Frakes[1] performed the song on trombone in "11001001," the 15th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1988 while in a holographic simulation of a 1958 New Orleans bar.

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

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

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 2004 live album Live Licks.

A live performance was given by Norah Jones at the Steve Jobs Memorial/Celebration of Life at the Apple, Inc. corporate headquarters on October 19, 2011.

Recorded versions[edit]

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  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 d 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. ^ Pop Memories 1890-1954. Joel Whitburn. 1986. Record Research Inc. p. 293. ISBN 0-89820-083-0
  8. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone Capitol 2000 - 2500, numerical listing discography Online Discographical Project. November 1, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  9. ^ You're Everything CD, Marc Secara and Berlin Jazz Orchestra arranged by Steve Gray, 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. ^ The Nearness of You. Second Hand Songs.
  29. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-5000 to 20-5499 series
  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. ^ Planet Records in the PX-001 to PX-040 series

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