The Night Has a Thousand Eyes


The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (m. Jerry Brainin, w. Buddy Brenier) is a jazz standard that was composed for the 1948 black-and-white film noir Night Has a Thousand Eyes, starring Edward G. Robinson. notes that,

Since “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” was written after the popularity of big bands had waned, most recordings have been by small groups, although Bing Crosby made an early recording with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, and in 1996 both trumpeter Claudio Roditi and vocalist Nancy King recorded it with the Metropole Orchestra. Most renditions are instrumental since the soaring melody can present a challenge to vocalists.

Second Hand Songs lists 22 recordings from 1948 to 2011.

There is a pop song with the same title originally made popular by Bobby Vee.


Harry Belafonte — Evidently released as the B side of the 1950 single Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Both sides are included in this video. Thousand Eyes begins at about 2:55. It’s done as a samba.

Personnel: Harry Belafonte (vocal), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Al Haig (piano), Jimmy Raney (guitar), Tommy Potter (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)


The Horace Silver Quintet –  recorded 18 July 1956, NYC – album: Silver’s Blue

Donald Byrd – Trumpet
Hank Mobley – Tenor Sax
Horace Silver – Piano
Doug Watkins – Bass
Art Taylor – Drums


John Coltrane – recorded 26 October 1960, NYC — John Coltrane (ss, ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Steve Davis (b) Elvin Jones (d), released in 1964 on Coltrane’s Sound.


Sonnie Stitt and Bennie Green – from the album My Main Man, released 1964


Joe Pass Quartet Joy Spring, 1964

Joe Pass – guitar
Mike Wofford – piano
Colin Bailey – drums
Jim Hughart – bass


Bossa Rio – from the album Alegria!, released 1970


Freddie Hubbard – Bern, 1989 — with James Williams, Peter Washington, and Tony Reedus.



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