Thursday, October 08, 2015

I'll Never Smile Again: Hear 24-Year-Old Frank Sinatra with the Pied Pipers and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I'll Never Smile Again
Words and Music by Ruth Lowe

I'll never smile again,
Until I smile at you,
I'll never laugh again,
What good would it do?

For tears would fill my eyes,
My heart would realize,
That our romance is through.

I'll never love again,
I'm so in love with you,
I'll never thrill again,
To somebody new.

Within my heart,
I know I will never start,
To smile again,
Until I smile at you.


Within my heart,
I know I will never start,
To smile again,
Until I smile at you.

[Very brief instrumental]

Until I smile at you.

Uploaded June 9, 2010 by MrRJDB1969.

I'LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN ~ Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ~ Frank Sinatra w/ The Pied Pipers (1940) Victor Records #26628

Ruth Lowe, one time pianist with Ina Ray Huttons all-girl orchestra, was inspired to write "I'LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN" following the death of her husband, Harold Cohen, after only a few months of marriage.

This recording was made in New York on May 23, 1940. The Pied Pipers consisted of Jo Stafford, John Huddleston, Clark Yocum, & Chuck Lowry. Trumpeter, Bunny Berigan, and drummer, Buddy Rich, were both apart of the Dorsey Orchestra at the time this recording was made.

Glenn Miller, while on the Bluebird label, was the first to record, I'll Never Smile Again, but not much became of the recording, which was surprising, since anything Miller touched, normally became an instant success at that time. I, happily, found a vg+ 78 rpm copy of the Miller Bluebird recording of I'll Never Smile Again, sitting in a stack of worn out Bennett, Laine, & Peggy Lee records. I paid 25 cents for it, which was the same price I had paid for the Tommy Dorsey version of the same song, a few weeks earlier, at the same second hand store. Though the Dorsey version does have a slight edge on Miller's, I wouldn't part with either record for anything. I'll Never Smile Again, really is, a great song.

[Previously, in this series:

“Frank Sinatra: My Shining Hour (Video, from Trilogy: Past Present Future)”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing Arlen & Mercer’s Come Rain or Shine”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing the Quintessential Version of Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer’s ‘One for My Baby (and One More, for the Road)’”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing the Classic Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer Torch Song, ‘Blues in the Night’”;

“Frank Sinatra: Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer’s Stormy Weather (Video)”;

“Frank Sinatra Live! Medley of The Gal That Got Away and It Never Entered My Mind, Performed in 1980 at Carnegie Hall (Great Quality Video of a Grand Performance!)”;

“Frank Sinatra: Here's That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke)”;

“Frank Sinatra’s Revelatory, 1962 Performance of Kern and Fields’ The Way You Look Tonight”;

“Paul Robeson?! Hear Frank Sinatra Give the Definitive Interpretation of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Ol’ Man River (1963)”;

“The Greatest Song Ever Written? Hear Frank Sinatra Sing Rodgers & Hammerstein's Soliloquy”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing the Real ‘New York, New York,’ by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, from On the Town (1944/1949)”;

“The Swingingest Record You’ll Ever Hear! Fly Me to the Moon, by Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, and Quincy Jones”;

“Frank Sinatra: Autumn in New York, with the Billy May Orchestra (Video)”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Make Rodgers & Hart Swing! ‘The Lady is a Tramp’; Live at Madison Square Garden/1974”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra and a Bunch of Little Kids Sing the 1960 Academy Award-Winning Song, ‘High Hopes’”;

“If Frank Sinatra were Still Alive, and were Interviewed by Larry King”;

“When Sinatra Ruled: Hear Him Sing ANOTHER Oscar-Winning Song, ‘All the Way,’ from The Joker is Wild (1957)”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn’s ‘Love and Marriage’;

“Hear Frank Sinatra’s Unique Presentation of Cole Porter’s ‘I've Got You Under My Skin’”;

“Frank Sinatra Sings ‘Young at Heart’”; and

“‘A Man Alone’: How Great was Sinatra? So Great that with a Voice that was Way Past Its Prime, and Less than Stellar Material, He was Still the World’s Greatest Singer—that’s How Great He was!” ]

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