Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
|"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"|
|Single by The Platters|
|from the album Remember When?|
|B-side||"No Matter What You Are"|
|Writer(s)||Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern|
|The Platters singles chronology|
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is a show tune written by American composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach for their 1933 musical Roberta. It was sung in the original show by Tamara Drasin and originally recorded by Gertrude Niesen on October 13, 1933, on the Victor label 24454. It was performed by Irene Dunne for the 1935 film adaptation, co-starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott.
Possibly the most famous version was recorded in 1958 by The Platters, which became a number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 — it reached number three on the R&B charts in 1959 — and on the UK charts, where it spent five weeks at the top in February and March of that same year. Platters' producer Buck Ram reported that Harbach "congratulated Buck Ram and the Platters for reviving his song with taste."
It has been covered by numerous artists, beginning with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with Bob Lawrence on vocal, which went to the top of the charts in 1934, and including Nat "King" Cole, who first covered it in 1946. It also featured in Lovely to Look At, a 1952 remake of Roberta, where it was sung by Kathryn Grayson. In 1956, Vic Damone covered this song with a very different rendition, which became one of his most famous songs.
For bandleader Ray Conniff, it was one of his signature songs during his career. A 1972 remake by British band Blue Haze, formed by Johnny Arthey and Phil Swern, also became popular. Saxophone player Boots Randolph did an instrumental version of the song on the B-side of his LP Yakety Sax. Bryan Ferry recorded a quavering version of the song in 1974 on the album Another Time, Another Place, which reached number 17 on the UK charts in September 1974. Jerry Garcia, who was named after Jerome Kern, released a music video in the early 1990s covering the song, with actress Ashley Judd sitting in the background listening. In the early 1990s, the song was performed by Eartha Kitt as part of her work with a small jazz combo in Germany; these recordings are preserved under the name Thinking Jazz.
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- Cannonball Adderley on his 1961 album African Waltz
- Larry Adler
- John Alford
- Louis Armstrong
- Patti Austin
- Harry Belafonte
- Clifford Brown
- Richard Clayderman
- Ray Conniff
- Johnny Contardo/Sha Na Na
- Deborah Cox
- Johnny Dankworth - Too Cool For The Blues (2010)
- Jason Donovan in his 2008 album Let It Be Me
- Tommy Dorsey
- Kurt Elling
- Bryan Ferry
- Clare Fischer and Bert van den Brink in the 2001 live album Bert van den Brink Invites Clare Fischer
- Helen Forrest
- Serge Gainsbourg
- Jerry Garcia
- Judy Garland
- Benny Goodman
- Henry Hall
- Billie Holiday
- Engelbert Humperdinck
- Keith Jarrett
- Al Jolson
- Vytautas Juozapaitis (Lithuanian version "Ziedu Puga")
- Eartha Kitt on her 1954 album That Bad Eartha
- Peggy Lee
- Johnny Mathis
- Penny McLean on her 1975 album Lady Bump
- George Melachrino
- Freddie Mercury rumoured recording made for an album of cover versions.
- Glenn Miller
- Thelonious Monk
- Nana Mouskouri on her 1962 album Nana Mouskouri in New York (The Girl from Greece Sings)
- Elaine Paige on her 1993 album Romance & the Stage
- Charlie Parker in Bird at St. Nick's (1950)
- Edith Piaf
- The Platters
- Sonny Rollins
- David Sanborn on his album Pearls (1995)
- Tamara Sinyavskaya
- JD Souther, for the 1989 Steven Spielberg movie Always, in which he also appears performing the song
- Jeri Southern - The Very Thought of You: The Decca Years, 1951-1957
- Jo Stafford - Autumn in New York (1950)
- Barbra Streisand on her 2009 album Love Is The Answer
- Art Tatum
- Sarah Vaughan
- Caetano Veloso
- Dinah Washington
- Margaret Whiting - Margaret Whiting Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (1960)
- Timi Yuro
- Zoot from the Muppet Show
- Tatsuro Yamashita
- Sierra Boggess
In popular culture
The song has been featured in several films including:
- The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972 film)
- American Graffiti (1973), performed by The Platters
- Night of the Creeps (1986)
- The Terrorizers (1986)
- Kill Me Again (1989), performed by Dinah Washington
- Always (1989), featuring J.D. Souther's rendition
- Tea With Mussolini (1999), Cher's character briefly sings the last verse of the song
- Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
- Being Julia (2004)
- Traumschiff Surprise – Periode 1 (2004)
- Three Times (2005), features significantly in both the plot and soundtrack
- Blue Valentine (2010)
In American Alt Rock Band Cake's song "Wheels" from their album Pressure Chief, the song is referenced: "In a seedy karaoke bar... there's a Japanese man in a business suit singing 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'".
It was on the Muppet Show Season 2 Episode 2.
Used as the background music throughout the 2006 Korean drama, 90 Days, Time to Love.
In other uses
In 1943, Giuliana Camerino and her husband fled Italy to escape the persecution of Jews in Italy and returned in 1945, when Giuliana launched her fashion house, Roberta di Camerino. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" was the last song the Camerinos danced to before becoming refugees, so Giuliana named her fashion house after the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film as a reminder of happier times.
- List of 1930s jazz standards
- List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1950s
- List of number-one singles from the 1950s (UK)
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1959 (U.S.)
- List of number-one hits of 1959 (Italy)
- Buck Ram interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463.
- Charlie Gillett, Simon Frith (1976). Rock File 4. Panther Books Ltd. p. 388.
- Verity, Michael. One Hit Wonders: Blue Haze’s "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
- "Pearls overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Criminal Minds episode Heathridge Manor". IMDb.com. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- "The Polly Bergen Show". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- Bellafante, Ginia (9/11/1999). "Front Row: To Have and To Hold". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2012.