|"I'll Never Smile Again"|
|Single by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra|
|Recorded||April 23, 1940|
The most successful and best-known version of the song was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with vocals provided by Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers. 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. The tune was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.
- Glenn Miller and His Orchestra also recorded a version of the song in 1940 on RCA Bluebird.
- The Platters brought the song back to the top 40 in 1961, where their version went to #25 on the Hot 100 and #17 on the Hot R&B Sides chart.
- Al Hirt released a version in (1962) on his Trumpet and Strings
- Bill Evans on Interplay
- Frank Sinatra included it on his 1959 No One Cares album. He also re-recorded the song in 1965 for the double album A Man and His Music, complete with faithful reproduction of the celeste and choral accompaniment which characterized the 1940 recording.
- Italian-American crossover artist, Sergio Franchi covered this song on his 1967 RCA Victor album, From Sergio - With Love.
- The song was also covered by popular Australian rock group Daddy Cool — they scored an Australian Top 20 hit with their version, which was released as a single in July 1972, shortly before the group broke up; they also performed it at their farewell concert in Melbourne, Australia in August 1972, which was recorded and subsequently released as a double-album in 1973.
- 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.
- 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.
- "GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Grammy.org. The Recording Academy. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463.
- Al Hirt, Trumpet and Strings Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Bill Evans, Interplay. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
- 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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