When You're Smiling

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"When You're Smiling"
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Billie Holiday, February 1947
Song
Written 1928
Songwriter(s) Larry Shay, Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin

"When You're Smiling" is a popular song written by Larry Shay, Mark Fisher and Joe Goodwin in 1928. It was made famous by Louis Armstrong, who recorded it at least three times, in 1929, 1932, and 1956. Duke Ellington also recorded it several times earlier in his career.

Many other recordings exist, for example those by Billie Holiday with Lester Young and Teddy Wilson in 1938, Studies in Swing number three, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Julia Lee, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, and Patti Page. Cliff Bruner brought it to the country charts in 1939. It was adopted by Leicester City F.C. as the club anthem, and can be heard at many of the team's games. In 1961, Judy Garland performed the song at the Judy at Carnegie Hall concert. Andy Williams released a version on his 1963 album, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests. Dean Martin also sang it, sometimes parodying it as "When You're Drinkin'". Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, with Billie Holiday, recorded this classic on January 6, 1938, in New York City for Brunswick/Columbia, with Teddy Wilson on piano, Benny Morton on trombone, Buck Clayton on trumpet, Lester Young on tenor sax, Freddie Green on guitar, Walter Page on bass and Jo Jones on drums.

Rufus Wainwright recorded the song for his 2007 album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, and Caroline Henderson for her album No.8 (2008).

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