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Recordings were made in 1946 by Sy Oliver (with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), Dinah Shore, Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes, and Margaret Whiting. Although the song did not actually make the charts in the period following its publication, it has become a standard.
A version by Dinah Shore was aired on the Birds Eye Open House radio programme, on 16 May 1946.
In no particular order:
James Booker performed it live in Zurich in 1977, and the recorded track can be found in the Album New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live!
Billie Holiday recorded it seven years before she died.
Jo Stafford recorded the song for two different albums. A recording on Columbia Records was made on June 27, 1952 and released as catalog number CL 6238, and a recording on Capitol Records was made on January 4, 1963 and released as an LP entitled The Hits of Jo Stafford (catalog number ST 1921).
James Brown recording the song for his album Out Of Sight for King Records in 1964.
Jerry Lewis recorded a version of this song as a B-side to "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody" in the 1950s on the Decca label.
The Bill Evans trio recorded a jazz instrumental version of the song on December 28, 1959 for inclusion on his LP Portrait in Jazz. Three other versions are also on his posthumously released "Live at Birdland" sessions performed by the same trio in early 1960, recorded from a radio broadcast.
Jack Kerouac recorded the song, which can be found on his album of selected readings and songs, Jack Kerouac Reads 'On the Road' .
Richard Rodney Bennett performs this song on a Harold Arlen compilation issued in 2001.
Frank Sinatra recorded the song on November 22, 1961 for inclusion on his 1962 LP Sinatra and Strings. It was released on Reprise Records as catalog number 27020. This recording is known for its strings and horn arrangements by Don Costa. He later re-recorded the song as a duet with Gloria Estefan for his album, Duets in 1993.
Dr. John recorded a solo instrumental take for his 1982 album The Brightest Smile In Town.
Helen Merrill recorded a duet version with jazz bassist Ron Carter for their collaborative album Duets issued on Emarcy in 1988.
Michael Crawford included this song in his second album, With Love in 1991.
Franck Amsallem recorded a version of this song for his 2009 album Amsallem Sings.
TARRIII recorded a reggae version with Njoa pinning down the romantic styling of Billie Holiday's version.
Marlene Dietrich has a version wherein she repeats the lyrics in spoken word between sung variations.
Idina Menzel has done a recording of this song as well. While it does not appear on any album, it was leaked onto the Internet after speculation that it was intended and then dropped from the film soundtrack of The Other Sister spread.
One of the most recent movie versions was by Alison Eastwood in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The film was set in Savannah, Georgia and the soundtrack was dedicated to songs by Johnny Mercer, a Savannah native.
Martin Scorsese's 1983 film The King of Comedy features Ray Charles' recording of the song in its opening credits. Later in the film, the character of Masha (played by Sandra Bernhard) sings the tune for the kidnapped Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) during their "date" as he's being held hostage in her apartment.
Kazuo Ishiguro's collection of short stories Nocturnes features a story named "Come Rain or Come Shine". The Sarah Vaughan recording is played at the story's climax.