The song of the day for Friday, March 20, 2020, is “Smile.”
About This Song
Charlie Chaplin wrote “Smile” in 1936 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 by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons were added later.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Smile” as a single in 1959, featuring an arrangement by Ralph Burns. The single was included on Bennett’s 1962 album I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
“Smile,” as well as I Left My Heart in San Francisco, is available from iTunes.
And here’s that beautiful scene from Modern Times, with Charles Chaplin and Paulette Goddard.