Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on January 19th of 1959 The Platters, featuring Tony Williams on lead vocals,  reach the #1 spot on the US Pop chart for the fourth time with “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”. The record will top the UK chart next month. 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. Although The Platters recording has become the definitive version, recordings have been made by Artie Shaw (1941), Harry Belafonte (1950), Sarah Vaughan, and others. In 1959 The Platters version also went on to peak at #3 on the Rhythm and Blues chart.[ The song spent 20 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at Number 1 for one week on 20 March of that same year. The Platters’ producer, Buck Ram, reported that Harbach “congratulated Buck Ram and the Platters for reviving his song with taste.” Jerome Kern’s widow, on the other hand, disliked the recording so much she considered taking legal action to prevent its distribution.