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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes


The Platters

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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. (thanks, Jocelyn - London, England)
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). (thanks, Emery - London, England)
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Comments (13):

Bob Hope didn't work in "Roberta"
- Paulo Ricardo, são paulo, Brazil
Courted my wife to this song classic!!
- John, Wirral, United Kingdom
Just lyrical, enchanting and beautiful. Like love itself.
- Shawn, Green Bay, WI
I know that this song was sung by Irene Dunne in the musical Roberta in 1935, starring Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Very good movie!
- Diane, Las Vegas, CA
Yes, the "American Grafitti" use of the Platters recording is just too perfect! Ron Howard & Cindy Williams are having a fight at the dance when their names are called out. They have to dance in the spotlight to "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" while she cries into his shoulder. What a wonderfully poignant moment from a classic watershed movie chock-full of future starts!
- Guy, Woodinville, WA
Hello! The best example (and most touching,imho) of the use of this song in film is "American Graffiti"! watch it!
- Mark, Austin, TX
The song was also in the 1986 horror,comedy Night Of The Creeps. Which is a great movie by the way.
- Nathan, Prague, NE
A beautiful song... I get to sing this at my exam coming up in the next few days. It is full of emotion and just a hint of cheeky, but mostly wistful. I like it.
- Krystel, Glenreagh, Australia
This song reminds me of my 1st love. I had one date with her and it was to see the movie "Always". Other songs remind me of her, but this is the one that brings tears to my eyes for never sharing my true feelings for her when I had the chance. Regrets are many, past love is fleeting, say it while you can.
- Dee, Indianapolis, IN
A long time ago I read that the tune was baised on a march tune which "didn't make it". Subsequently, so the storey goes, it was "slowed-down" and a hit was born.
Does any one know more than that?
thanks very much.
- ralph, Boston, MA
This was the "our song" in the movie "Always," about pilots who drop chemical retardant on forest fires.
- Keith, SLC, UT
I do believe this was the song Shirley Bassey sang on the Morecambe and Wise show, during which she lost her shoe and Morecambe follows her around until he can slip his own shoe on her bare foot. She remains straight-faced throughout.
- Helen, York, England
One of the best.
- hart, New Haven, CT
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