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"The Nearness of You" Jazz Piano/Vocal Solo Music Video (Norah Jones Male COVER)

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    "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.

    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).


    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.

    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 of 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
    Paul Anka
    Ray Anthony
    Eddy Arnold
    Shirley Bassey
    Perla Batalla
    Brook Benton
    Jackie Gleason
    Pat Boone
    Boston Pops Orchestra
    Connee Boswell
    James Brown
    Michael Brecker and James Taylor
    Les Brown
    Ray Brown Trio
    Chick Bullock and his orchestra
    Cake
    Hoagy Carmichael
    Bill Charlap
    Larry Clinton and his orchestra
    Rosemary Clooney
    Arnett Cobb
    Nat King Cole
    Cy Coleman
    Bing Crosby
    Vic Damone
    Dorothy Dandridge
    Sammy Davis, Jr.
    Bill Doggett
    Bill Doggett Quartet
    Lou Donaldson
    The Dorsey Brothers
    Jimmy Dorsey
    Sheena Easton
    Ray Eberle
    Percy Faith and his orchestra
    Robert Farnon and his orchestra
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    The Flamingos
    The Four Freshmen
    Judy Garland
    Red Garland - The Nearness of You (1961)
    Crystal Gayle
    Stan Getz
    Dizzy Gillespie
    Robert Goulet
    Stephane Grappelli
    Lionel Hampton
    Roy Hargrove
    Johnny Hartman
    Hash Brown
    Ray Herbeck and his orchestra
    Woody Herman and his orchestra
    Fred Hersch
    Billie Holiday
    Eddy Howard
    Leslie Hutchinson
    Milt Jackson and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
    Etta James
    Harry James and his orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes
    Joni James
    Dr. John (Mac Rebennack)
    Norah Jones
    Marie Knight
    Kay Kyser's orchestra vocal: Harry Babbitt
    Annie Lennox from the 2014 album Nostalgia
    Abbey Lincoln and Hank Jones
    Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
    Julie London
    Barbara Mandrell
    Bob Manning
    Mat Mathews Quintet
    Brad Mehldau
    Byron Melcher
    Helen Merrill
    Glenn Miller and his orchestra Ray Eberle
    Glenn Miller Revivals
    Mina
    Matt Monro
    Little Joey Morant Quintet
    Gerry Mulligan
    Peter Mulvey
    Ricky Nelson
    Willie Nelson - American Classic (2009)
    Eva Olmerová
    Charlie Parker
    A. Pouw and T. Kok
    Della Reese
    Dianne Reeves - Link to sample recording
    Marty Robbins
    Amália Rodrigues
    Rolling Stones (Vocal: Keith Richards)
    Al Romero
    The Roommates
    George Shearing / Nancy Wilson
    Dinah Shore
    Frank Sinatra
    Keely Smith
    Tab Smith
    Jo Stafford
    The Stepping Stones
    Rod Stewart
    Ted Straeter and his orchestra
    Barbra Streisand
    Reinhold Svensson's Orchestra (vocal: Rolf Erickson)
    Inga Swearengen
    Andrea Tessa
    Steve Tyrell
    Three Sounds
    Sarah Vaughan
    Bee Watson
    Johnny "Guitar" Watson
    Elisabeth Welch
    Vic West
    Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio
    Lisa Kelly & JB Scott

    Channel BenG PianoVocals

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