The Nearness Of You

Glenn Miller

About The Nearness Of You

"The Nearness of You" is a popular song written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song debuted in a 1940 recording by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle.


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It's not the pale moon that excites me, 
That thrills and delights me, 
Oh no, it's just the nearness of you

It isn't your sweet conversation 
That brings this sensation, 
Oh no, it's just the nearness of you. 

When you're in my arms 
And I feel you so close to me, 
All my wildest dreams come true 
I need no soft lights to enchant me 
If you'll only grant me the right 
To hold you ever so tight 
And to feel in the night 
The nearness of you!

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Glenn Miller

Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – missing in action December 15, 1944) was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known Big Bands. Miller's notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", and "Little Brown Jug". While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Glenn Miller disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. more »

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Written by: Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington

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12 facts about this song

Song Origins
"The Nearness of You" is a popular song that was originally recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1940, with vocal renditions by Ray Eberle.
Composition Details
The song was written by Hoagy Carmichael, the music, and Ned Washington, the lyrics. They are both prestigious figures in the world of popular music and jazz.
Despite the track being an instrumental piece by the Miller orchestra, the song's lyrics have added to its popularity. The words express a personal, intimate love song with vivid metaphoric images.
Release Year
The song was published in 1938, two years before Miller’s orchestra made their iconic recording.
Chart Performance
Glenn Miller's version with Ray Eberle as vocalist reached number five on the Billboard charts in 1940, evidencing its success.
Popularity Among Musicians
The song has been covered by numerous esteemed artists, notably Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Nora Jones, and Frank Sinatra. These versions span across diverse genres - from traditional pop and jazz to more contemporary interpretations.
Featured Movie
The Miller-Eberle version of the song is featured in the 1953 war movie "From Here to Eternity", further increasing its popularity.
Impact on Carmichael's Career
Hoagy Carmichael was already a renowned composer before 'The Nearness of You', but this song solidified his status in the annals of jazz and popular music.
Jazz Standard
Today, the song is considered a jazz standard, consistently included in the setlists of both veteran and budding jazz musicians around the world.
American Film Institute
"The Nearness of You" has been recognized for its cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance and listed as #92 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, a ranking of top tunes in American cinema.
Despite being a love song, the rendition by Glenn Miller and Ray Eberle gives it a melancholy feel, especially due to Eberle's deep vocal rendition and Miller's signature big band sound.
The pensive, sentimental qualities of "The Nearness of You" have allured generations of music enthusiasts, making the song a timeless classic.

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