The song was first recorded by Nat King Cole on 22 August 1947 with a studio orchestra. It was released on 29 March 1948 and became a big hit beginning in mid-May, topping the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores singles chart for seven weeks.
The songwriter, eden ahbez (no capitals by his preference), had handed a “tattered piece of sheet music” to Cole’s manager backstage during a gig at Downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre in June 1947. Cole began playing the song during live performances sometime between receiving it in June and recording it in August.
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