The song of the day for Monday, October 14, 2019, is “Keep Smiling at Trouble.”
About This Song
“Keep Smiling at Trouble” was written in 1924, with music by Lewis Gensler and lyrics by Al Jolson and Buddy DeSylva. It was first recorded by Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians in 1924, with vocals by his brother, Tom Waring. Other noted recordings were by Jolson, Ruby Braff, Tommy Dorsey, Della Reese, and Bobby Hackett.
Fun Fact: the blender was invented in 1932 by Stephen Poplawski. Bandleader Fred Waring was a financial supporter for the first blender. In the next few years he made his own improvements to the blade and named his product the Waring Blender. The Waring Blender is still manufactured today.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Keep Smiling at Trouble” in 1967 for the album For Once In My Life. Ralph Burns wrote the arrangement.
“Keep Smiling at Trouble,” as well as For Once in My Life, is available from iTunes.