The Nearness of You

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

The biggest selling 1938 version was recorded by the Glenn Miller orchestra, with a vocal by Ray Eberle (Bluebird catalog number 10745). 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. Other popular contemporary versions were recorded by Kay Kyser's orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt, Columbia catalog number 35488), by Dinah Shore with Paul Weston's orchestra (Bluebird catalog number 10793), and by Eddy Howard with Lou Adrian's orchestra (Columbia catalog number 35511).

The song was performed by Norah Jones on her album Come Away With Me. 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"

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.

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