The song of the day for Saturday, June 3, 2017 is “Smile.”
About This Song
Charlie Chaplin wrote “Smile” in 1946 for his last silent film, Modern Times, which shows Chaplin and his costar Paulette Goddard, walking hand-in-hand up the road as the sun rises and as this song plays, in one of the most iconic scenes ever filmed. The lyrics were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. This song is a favorite of Tony Bennett’s and he sings “Smile” followed by “When You’re Smiling” at the end of his concerts.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded his first version of the song “Smile” in 1959 with Ralph Burns and His Orchestra; Burns also did the arrangement. It was originally released as a single in 1959 and was included on Bennett’s album I Left My Heart in San Francisco, released in 1962.
“Smile,” as well as I Left My Heart in San Francisco, is available from iTunes.
For our Saturday video, here is that iconic scene from the end of Modern Times. The clip was made available by the Chaplin estate and the quality is unbelievably fine.