Although he is remembered today principally as a comedian, the multi-disciplined Charlie Chaplin was also a composer. He wrote "Smile" as an instrumental for the 1936 production Modern Times
, his final silent film (which inspired the Al Stewart song of the same name
). The lyrics were added later by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, and like the music, match the tone of the film. It was not a hit until 1959 when it was recorded by Tony Bennett, although Nat King Cole's version charted in the UK five years earlier. "Smile" has been covered by numerous artists including Lita Roza, Petula Clark
(twice), Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross.
Alexander Baron - London, England