is an American popular song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1941. Mercer said that he struggled for a year, after he got the music from Carmichael, before he could get the lyrics right. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair. This song is considered a jazz standard
An early recording, soon after it was published, was by Anita O'Day with the Gene Krupa Orchestra on 25 November, 1941.
The song was recorded by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle, rising to #7 on the charts in 1942.
Ella Fitzgerald recorded this on her Verve release Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook (1964) with arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
The song was recorded by Bobby Darin for his album Love Swings. The song has also been recorded by the English/Australian classic rock band Sky in 1982. In 2009, Renee Olstead sang it on her second album by the same name.
The song was recently re-recorded by Janis Siegel on Steve Hass's debut album, Traveler. Steve is the current Manhattan Transfer drummer and percussionist.
In 1973, Bette Midler recorded the song for her album Bette Midler (1973).
In 1984, Linda Ronstadt recorded the song with Nelson Riddle from her album "Lush Life".
In 1998, Clint Eastwood's movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) that takes place in Mercer's birth town Savannah, Georgia, used this song as ending title, sung by k.d. Lang.
Additionally, the song is believed to have inspired a long-running Buick car of the same name that ran from 1953 to 1998.
Rachael Price has also performed this song in one of her CDs.
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