The Very Thought of You

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"The Very Thought of You"
The Very Thought of You Ray Noble 78 1934.jpg
1934 release by Ray Noble with Al Bowlly on vocals on Victor Records
Song by Ray Noble
Released1934 (1934)
RecordedApril 1934
GenrePop standard, jazz
Songwriter(s)Ray Noble

"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. Noble re-recorded the song in 1941 for Columbia with vocals by Snooky Lanson. "The Very Thought of You" was used in the Barbara Stanwyck film A Lost Lady.

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. 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.[1]

In Mitch Albom's best-selling book Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch's wife, Janine, sings this song to Morrie Schwartz.[2]

Other recordings[edit]

In 1946, Luis Russell recorded the song, which went to number three on the Most-Played Juke Box Race Records charts.[3] A rhythm and blues version by Little Willie John was on the charts in 1961. Three years later Ricky Nelson's rock and roll version reached No. 26 on the Billboard chart, lasting 7 weeks in the Hot 100, and crossing to No. 11 on the Billboard magazine Easy Listening chart.


  1. ^ "British Ruling on Renewal Rights Studied for Import". Google Books. Nielsen Business Media. 1 December 1962. p. 6. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ Albom, Mitch (1997). Tuesdays with Morrie. Doubleday. pp. 146–147.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 507.
  4. ^ Manheim, James. "Italia". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Chris Botti". Archived from the original on 2011-01-05.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  7. ^ "Natalie Cole – Unforgettable: With Love". Allmusic. Retrieved November 12, 2018.