I’ll Never Smile Again


I’ll Never Smile Again (Ruth Lowe) — recorded by Percy Faith in 1939

Wikipedia says:

This version stayed at no.1 for 12 weeks, from July 27 to October 12, 1940, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982. Tommy Dorsey also recorded the song on V-Disc, V-Disc 582, also with Frank Sinatra on vocals. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra also recorded a version of the song in 1940.

In 1965, Sinatra re-recorded the song for the double album A Man and His Music, complete with faithful reproduction of the tinkling celeste and choral accompaniment which characterized the 1940 recording.

It has been recorded by many other artists since, becoming a standard. The Platters brought the song back to the top 40 in 1961.


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Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra – featuring vocals by Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers – recorded on 23 May 1940 – arrangement: Fred Stulce


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Vera Lynn — issued in 1940 on (UK) Decca F.7637, b/w “Until You Fall in Love” (Popplewell, Carr)


The Quintette du Hot Club de France(18 July 1947) 18/7/47 – Paris – QHCF – Django Reinhardt (elg), Hubert Rostaing (cl), Eugene Vees (g), Emmanuel Soudieux (b), Andre Jourdan (d). It’s the second of two recordings on the video, beginning at 1:38. Can you identify the first?


Keely Smith with Billy May and his Orchestra from her album Politely! 1958

1.    Sweet and Lovely
2.    Cocktails For Two
3.    Song Is You
4.    I’ll Get By
5.    Lullaby of the Leaves
6.    On the Sunny Side of the Street
7.    I Can’t Get Started
8.    I’ll Never Smile Again
9.    S’Posin
10.    East of the Sun
11.    All the Way
12.    I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody)


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The Platters – 1961


Bill Kenny – from the album Sings the Golden Hits of the Ink Spots 1962


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Jo Stafford – from her 1963 album Getting Sentimental Over Tommy Dorsey


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