Composer David Raksin
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1944
About Laura
“Laura” was written for the 1944 film of the same name, starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. David Raksin was known as a film composer (he also wrote the title song for The Bad and the Beautiful, which is included on the Bill Evans-Tony Bennett album Together Again), his compositions are often jazz standards. “Laura” has been recorded many times, by both singers and instrumentalists.


Laura is the face in the misty light
Footsteps that you hear down the hall
The laugh that floats on a summer night
That you can never quite recall
And you see Laura on a train that is passing through
Those eyes how familiar they seem
She gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura but she’s only a dream

She gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura
But she’s only a dream

Session / Album Information


“Laura” was recorded on November 10, 1959 and was released in 1960 on the album To My Wonderful One. It was arranged by Frank DeVol.


Listen to Laura on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1960.

This recording released on:

  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8226 — To My Wonderful One
  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1429 — To My Wonderful One
  • 1967: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 769 — The Very Thought Of You
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9891 — Love Story: 20 All-Time Great Recordings
  • 1971: CBS LP 12″: 66297 — Love Songs (UK)
  • 1971: Harmony LP 12″: KH 30758 — The Very Thought Of You
  • 2011: Disc #16 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK16) To My Wonderful One

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