by Eddy Thalweg
Part 1; Day 1: A look and listen to early American Rock n Roll from the 1950s - 1964
Ok, Ok......you nitpickers out there may have busted me on this one. This song was originally written for a 1933 musical. So, technically, it's not a song from the 1950s - but The Platters are! The general (and, by the way, correct) consensus is this version of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is the ultimate recording of this song. How can it not be!... It topped the charts in October 1958. Just listen to the near-operatic quality crooning of Tony Williams as the lead singer in this piece! Some things just have to evolve and develop over time to reach perfection. In the case of this song, it took 25 worthwhile years to happen. Some of the lyrics have much dated vocabulary, but when Mr. Williams sings:
They said some day you'll find
All who love are blind
When your heart's on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes
Then you get the essence of what "love is blind" means. Remember: these lyrics are in a (pop) song around 85 years old now.
When I was a kid, this song was pretty much a staple on the oldies station and I can remember this song coming on in my dad's car. The car radio was AM only and I remember having to push those buttons in nearly an inch before the analog dial would move to the "pre-programmed" station.
Of the dozen or so times I watch TV per year, I have to give an episode of Criminal Minds (about five years ago) credit for airing this song and bringing back car radio memories from my innocent - but not THAT innocent - youth.
Come back tomorrow for Part 1; Day 2 of Under the Influence and another song from this era