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Jerry Garcia – 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 their 1933 musical Roberta. It was sung in the original show by Tamara Drasin and originally recorded by Gertrude Niesen on October 13, 1933, on the Victor label 24454. It was performed by Irene Dunne for the 1935 film adaptation, co-starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott. Possibly the most famous version was recorded in 1958 by The Platters, which became a number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 — it reached number three on the R&B charts in 1959 — and on the UK charts, where it spent five weeks at the top in February and March of that same year. It has been covered by numerous artists, beginning with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with Bob Lawrence on vocal, which went to the top of the charts in 1934, and including Nat “King” Cole, who first covered it in 1946. It also featured in Lovely to Look At, a 1952 remake of Roberta, where it was sung by Kathryn Grayson. In 1956, Vic Damone covered this song with a very different rendition, which became one of his most famous songs.

For bandleader Ray Conniff, it was one of his signature songs during his career. A 1972 remake by British band Blue Haze, formed by Johnny Arthey and Phil Swern,[3] also became popular. Saxophone player Boots Randolph did an instrumental version of the song on the B-side of his LP Yakety Sax. Bryan Ferry recorded a quavering version of the song in 1974 on the album Another Time, Another Place, which reached number 17 on the UK charts in September 1974. Jerry Garcia, who was named after Jerome Kern, released a music video in the early 1990s covering the song, with actress Ashley Judd sitting in the background listening. In the early 1990s, the song was performed by Eartha Kitt as part of her work with a small jazz combo in Germany; these recordings are preserved under the name Thinking Jazz. Wikipedia®.

Recorded by the Jerry Garcia Band for the soundtrack of the film “Smoke”

Jerry Garcia / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Lyrics:
They asked me how I knew.
My true love was true?.
I of course replied.
“Something here inside.
Cannot be denied”

They said someday you’ll find.
All who love are blind.
When your heart’s on fire.
You must realize.
Smoke gets in your eyes.

So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed.
To think they could doubt my love.
Yet today, my love has flown away.
I am without my love.

Now laughing friends deride.
Tears I can not hide.
So I just smile and say.
“When a lovely flame dies.
Smoke gets in your eyes”.
Smoke gets in your eyes.

So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed.
To think they could doubt my love.
Yet today, my love has flown away.
I am without my love.
Without my love…

Lyrics: Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern
Music: Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern

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