The More I See You
The More I See You (m. Harry Warren, w. Mack Gordon) was introduced by Dick Haymes in the film Diamond Horseshoe (1945). Recording artists which have recorded this pop and jazz standard include:
- Nat King Cole (1958)
- Chet Baker (1958)
- Julie London (1959)
- Nancy Wilson, on the album Like in Love (1960)
- Hank Mobley Roll Call (1961)
- Chris Montez (1966) #16 Billboard Hot 100 and at #2 Billboard Adult Contemporary
- Nancy Sinatra (1966)
- Johnny Hartman
- Michael Bublé
Dick Haymes sings to Betty Grable in Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
Dick Haymes with Victor Young and his Orchestra — Decca 78 rpm single 18662, b/w I Wish I Knew, issued in 1945
Beverly Kenney (January 29, 1932, Harrison, New Jersey – April 13, 1960, New York City) was an American jazz singer.
After moving to New York City, she recorded a demo in 1954 with Tony Tamburello; these [recordings] were not issued until 2006 under the title Snuggled on Your Shoulder. By the end of the year she had moved to Miami, where she landed a recurring engagement at the Black Magic Room. Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey heard her and took her on tour in the orchestra they co-led; she worked with them for several months before breaking off to move back to New York.
Upon her return, she worked in clubs with George Shearing, Don Elliott, and Kai Winding; After a short tour of the Midwest with Larry Sonn, she signed to Roost Records and released her first album in 1956. Her second release, Come Swing with Me, saw her working with Ralph Burns, and Jimmy Jones led an ensemble behind her for her third and final release for Roost in 1957. Moving to Decca Records, she released three further LPs between 1958 and 1960.
Kenney was a critically acclaimed musician, but she saw little widespread acceptance, due at least in part to the burgeoning rock & roll movement. She had an intense personal dislike for this music, even going so far as to compose a song called “I Hate Rock and Roll”, which she performed on the Steve Allen Show on May 18, 1958. She had a failed relationship with Milton Klonsky late in the 1950s, and became moody and emotionally distant according to family and friends, though the exact reasons why are not clear. On April 13, 1960, Kenney committed suicide through a combination of alcohol and Seconal. She was 28.
Beverly Kenney – a track from her 1957 LP Beverly Kenney With Jimmy Jones and the Basie-ites
Chet Baker – from the album Chet Baker Sings – It Could Happen To You, recorded NYC, August 1958 — Chet Baker (tp, vo) Kenny Drew (p) Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
Nat King Cole – from his 1958 Capitol LP, The Very Thought of You, arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins
The Four Freshmen – 1959
Julie London – from Your Number Please, 1959
Hank Mobley – tenor sax
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Wynton Kelly – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Blakey – drums
Instrumental, date and band unknown – surf style
Chris Montez – 1966, reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Billy Eckstine – from his album For the Love of Ivy (Motown), 1969
Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet – Duper Sessions, 2006. The vocal is more than a little in debt to the style of Chris Montez.