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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters
Album: Best Of The PlattersReleased: 1958Charted:
This was written in 1933 for the musical Roberta, starring Bob Hope. The lyrics were written by Otto Harbach and the music by Jerome Kern.
In 1934, four different recordings charted: Paul Whiteman #1, Leo Reisman #3, Emil Coleman #4, and Ruth Etting #15.
This version by The Platters is on the Hearts in Atlantis
soundtrack. Nu Colours recorded a version that is featured on the Four Weddings And A Funeral
soundtrack, and this song also appeared in the film Always
by Stephen Spielberg.
Although The Platters recording has become the definitive version, recordings have been made by Artie Shaw (1941), Harry Belafonte (1950), Sarah Vaughan, and others.
The group Blue Haze remade this in 1973. Their version hit #27 on the US Chart.
The Jerry Garcia Band recorded this for the 1995 Smoke soundtrack. Director Wayne Wang made a video for the song featuring the band and Ashley Judd, one of the movie's stars.
This was used in the finale to the 1995 season of the British drama serial London's Burning
, which led to cast member John Alford scoring a UK hit with it in February 1996. Alford's version reached #13, which is below the chart position achieved by the Platters, but ahead of versions by Bryan Ferry (#17 in 1974) and Blue Haze (#32 in 1972).