Era Inducted To: Radio Era
Ruth Lowe wrote this song shortly after the death of her first husband, Harold Cohen. Although, it is widely believed that Frank Sinatra was the first to record I’ll Never Smile Again, it was actually first broadcast to CBC listeners in 1939 on Percy Faith’s CBC radio program Music by Faith. The song became Sinatra’s first #1 record. In fact, Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey’s version was so popular that it was selected in 1958 as one of the best pop songs of all time. Lowe also wrote Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day), which was Frank Sinatra’s closing theme for many years. I’ll Never Smile Again received Grammy honours a year after Lowe’s death, when it was inducted into the American Recording Hall of Fame.
Cover Artists Include: Count Basie, Ray Charles, Doris Day, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Barry Manilow, Glenn Miller, Oscar Peterson, the Platters, George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Fats Waller, Joe Williams