Although composer/lyricist Bernice Petkere has only two major song hits to her credit--“Lullaby of the Leaves,” which she wrote in 1932 with lyricist Joe Young, and “Close Your Eyes” for which she wrote both music and lyric in 1933--she was known as “The Queen of Tin Pan Alley.” She had worked as a pianist for Irving Berlin’s publishing company, written radio theme songs, and enjoyed successes with some of her romantic songs such as “Starlight” (recorded by Bing Crosby) and “The Lady I Love” (recorded by Russ Colombo).
In 1956 saxophonist Lee Konitz popularized the song among jazz musicians and vibraphonist Cal Tjader led the way for its inclusion in the repertoire of Latin bands. Vocalist Arthur Prysock delivered his rendition with a swinging big band, and Benny Goodman’s rendition appeared in the 1996 film The Grass Harp.
Vocalist Kurt Elling’ 1995 CD titled after the song was nominated for a Grammy, and vocalist Stacy Kent used the song as the title cut of her 2000 CD. “Close Your Eyes” was recorded in the ‘90s by bassist Ray Brown, pianists Keith Jarrett and Roger Kellaway, harmonica player Toots Thielemans, guitarist Russell Malone, drummer Leon Parker, and conguero Poncho Sanchez. It was recorded in 2003 by vocalist Ernie Andrews and in 2004 by trumpeter Warren Vache and vocalists Queen Latifah and Nola Bogle.
Music play something dreamy for dancing while we're here romancing It's love's holiday And Love will be our guide
Close your Eyes When you open them dear I'll be right hear by your side So...
Close your eyes rest your head on my shoulder and sleep Close your eyes And I will close mine
Close your eyes Let's pretend that we're both counting sheep Close your eyes This is divine
Music play something dreamy for dancing while were here romancing It's love's holiday And Love will be our guide
Close your Eyes When you open them dear I'll be near by your side So won't you close your eyes...