I'll Never Smile Again

"I'll Never Smile Again"
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Single by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra
RecordedApril 23, 1940
Songwriter(s)Ruth Lowe

"I'll Never Smile Again" is a 1940 song written by Ruth Lowe.[1] It has been recorded by many other artists since, becoming a standard.

The most successful and best-known million selling single version of the song was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with vocals provided by Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers.[2] This recording was released as a Victor 78, 26628A, in 1940. This version was number one on Billboard's first "National List of Best Selling Retail Records"—the first official national music chart—on July 27, 1940, staying at the top spot for 12 weeks until October 12, 1940.[3] The tune was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.[4]

Cover versions

See also


  1. ^ According to Peter Levinson in the Tommy Dorsey biography, Livin In A Great Big Way, "I'll Never Smile Again" was recorded May 23, 1940.
  2. ^ https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1633231/m1/#track/4
  3. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (May 23, 2016). Chronology of American Popular Music, 1900-2000. London; New York: Routledge. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-415-97715-9. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  4. ^ "GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Grammy.org. The Recording Academy. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Cover versions of I'll Never Smile Again by Ink Spots | SecondHandSongs". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463.
  7. ^ Al Hirt, Trumpet and Strings Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Bill Evans, Interplay. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.discogs.com Archived 2012-04-21 at the Wayback Machine Sergio Franchi


  • Peter J. Levinson, Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way: a Biography (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2005). ISBN 978-0-306-81111-1
  • Robert L. Stockdale, Tommy Dorsey: On The Side (Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1995). ISBN 978-0-8108-2951-0

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