Song / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

John Alford / Smoke Gets In your Eyes

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is a show tune written by American composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach for the 1933 musical Roberta. The song was sung in the Broadway show by Tamara Drasin.

 

Its first recorded performance was by Gertrude Niesen, who recorded the song with orchestral direction from Ray Sinatra, Frank Sinatra's second cousin, on October 13, 1933. Niesen's recording of the song was released by Victor.

Paul Whiteman had the first hit recording of the song on the record charts in 1934.

In 1996 Mike Stock and Matt Aitken approached the actor, John Alford, who starred in the hit TV show, London's Burning, to make a record.

Their reggae-lite version took the song back into the charts where it peaked at #13 and stayed in the chart for seven weeks.

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