The Platters

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is a virtual definition of a pop standard. Written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach in the 1930s, the graceful ballad has a velvet melody that slowly unfurls, just as the song slowly reveals that you know what true love is when it feels like smoke gets in your eyes. It says that in a considerably more poetic fashion, and the melody and lyric are so elegant, it became a favorite of vocalists throughout the mid-20th century. Perhaps the best known of these versions was by the Platters, who brought the song to number one early in 1959. Their version is truly marvelous, thanks in large part to Tony Williams' rich lead vocal and arranger David Carroll's lush orchestration. This is the song at its pop pinnacle, but it also works very well with jazz singers, as Sarah Vaughan's take illustrates. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" wasn't performed with frequency in the last 25 years of the 20th century, and in that sense, it's not a lot different from many of the pop songs of its time. Nevertheless, it lives on in all of its numerous versions as a wonderfully romantic song that sounds like falling in love itself.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Guys And Dolls/Decades Collection 1950s 1955
Various Artists
Metro Goldwyn Mayer 2:39
12 Angry Men/Decades Collection 1950s 1957
Various Artists
Metro Goldwyn Mayer 2:39
Remember When? 1959 Hallmark / Hallmark Music & Entertainment 2:53
No Image 1962 Ember
No Image 1966 King
The New Golden Hits of the Platters 1967 Ripete Records 2:27
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 1968 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) 2:30
Golden Hits [Intercontinental] 1972 Intercontinental Records 2:38
American Graffiti 1973
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:40
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 14 1976
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:40
No Image 1978 Mercury
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:40
No Image 1981 Audio Fidelity
No Image 1982 Mercury
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MCA
Oldies Golden Million Sellers 1986
Various Artists
Verve
20 Greatest Hits 1958 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:32
All Time Hits, Vol. 1 1988 Original Sound Entertainment 0:00
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1959 - Still Rockin' 1989
Various Artists
2:42
No Image 1990 Rhino
Rhythm & Blues: 1959 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Very Best of the Platters [Mercury] 1991 Mercury 2:38
Only Their Best for You 1991 Pair 2:32
No Image 1992 Deja Vu 2:27
No Image 1993 Pair
Sincerely 1993 Polygram
Super Box of Rock, Vol. 2 [Box Set] 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:30
Art Laboe's 60 Killer Oldies 1993
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:38
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:41
22 Greats 1994 Deluxe 2:33
Ebb Tide, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:41
Superstars Best Love Songs, Vol. 1-2 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
The Platters' Greatest Hits 1994 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:43
Soul Love [Stardust] 1994
Various Artists
Beacon Records
Fabulous 50's, Vol. 5 1994
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:30
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:25
Platinum Pop [Platinum Pop] 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Pop 2:30
Number One Hits of 50's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records / Sony Music Distribution
All the Hits and More 1995 Double Gold 2:41
Greatest Hits [Eclipse 64788] 1996 Eclipse Music Group 2:30
Hey There: '50s Pop 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 0:00
The Platters [Allegiance] 1996 Allegiance Records 2:41
The Very Best of the Platters [Disky] 1996 Disky
Midnight Magic [K-Tel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
Golden Classics: 21 Original Musicor Recordings 1996 Masters Intercontinental 2:31
Original Platters 1996 DJ Specialist 2:41
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:40
50's Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 [K-Tel] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
Cigar Classics, Vol. 1: The Standards 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Hot Rod: Back Seat Movers 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:37
Rockfile, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:39
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 2: '50s Rock 'N Roll is Here to Stay 1997
Various Artists
Dominion 2:36
Radio Gold [Compose] 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records / Peter Pan (ISP) 2:30
Gold 1997 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:30
3 for 3: The Platters, The Drifters & The Coasters 1997 St. Clair / 3 for 3 2:31
1950's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:30
WODS Oldies 103 Boston, Vol. 1: The 50's - Tenth Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 2:35
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1958 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:40
Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Hits [Disc 2] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:37
#1 Hits: The Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair / Number 1 Hits 2:42
Selection of the Platters 1998 Golden Sounds 2:33
Enchanted: The Best of the Platters 1998 Rhino 2:43
Gold Collection [Fine Tune] 1998 Fine Tune 2:29
American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition 1998
Original Soundtrack Highlights
MCA 2:37
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Vintage Hits 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Ultimate Legends 1998 Ultimate Music Collection / United Multi License 2:24
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:40
Mellow Round Midnight 1999
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:32
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 [Platinum] 1999 Platinum Disc 2:34
The Best of the Platters [Polygram] 1999 Spectrum Music / PolyGram / Universal 2:40
World Famous Platters: Kings of Rock N Roll Series 1999 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:22
Sixties 1999 Charly Records 2:32
Doo-Wop Groups and Crooners: 20 Great Tracks 1999
Various Artists
Crown 2:32
Sound & Sensation 1999 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:43
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Platters 1999 Mercury / Polygram 2:38
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:40
4 Legendary Soul Groups 1999
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:30
Love in the 50's 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:44
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Magic Touch 2000 Black Box
Number 1 Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:43
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:40
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:39
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 14 & 15 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:40
Soul Ballads [Boxsets] 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:35
Classic Rock Crate 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
This Magic Moment [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:31
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:30
Memorable Party Favorites 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:42
High Profile 2000 Direct Source 2:42
Vocal Chords 2000 Direct Source 2:42
50's Golden Jukebox: Senior Prom 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:39
Forever Gold: The Platters Meet the Drifters 2000 Boxsets 2:24
Doo Wop Collection [Madacy 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 0:00
Collection [Mastersound] 2000 Mastersound 2:42
The Very Best of the Platters 2000 Universal Music / Universal Music TV 2:36
Hits of the 50's, Vol. 3 [Legacy] 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:41
The 50's Decade: Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:37
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:38
The Fabulous Fifties: Those Wonderful Years [Single Disc] 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
Golden Greats 2001 Goldies 2:41
Hits of the 1950's, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:32
Mega Soul 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:29
Hearts in Atlantis 2001 Uptown / Universal 2:40
Street Corner Essentials 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:40
This Is Soul [Pegasus] 2001
Various Artists
Pegasus (Pinnacle) 2:36
The 50's Golden Era 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:37
Hedwig's Theme From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:41
Jukebox Hits of the '50s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
The Best of the Platters [Castle Pulse] 2002 Castle Pulse 2:26
Unchained Melodies [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
Ultimate Jukebox Collection [Ross] 2002
Various Artists
Ross Records 2:36
Greatest Hits 2002 King 2:30
Soul: Angel of the Morning 2002 Past & Present Records 2:30
The Fabulous Fifties 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
Nothing But Number 1 Love Songs 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Hits of the '50s [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [WQED] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Shout! Factory 2:40
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [Shout] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:40
Doo Wop Collection [Madacy 2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:42
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:34
21 Winners: Rock 'n' Roll Hits of the 50's [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:41
The Singles Plus 2003 BR Music 2:39
#1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:42
Love Songs We Used to Share 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
#1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s, Disc 1 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:42
Gold Collection: Party Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:41
Easy 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:36
Music Legends - The Platters: Twilight Time 2004 Brentwood Records 2:33
Doo Wop Favorites [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:42
All-Time Greatest Hits 2004 Mercury 2:40
Best of the Platters [Madacy] 2004 Madacy 2:41
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 2:28
Universal Masters Collection 2004 Mercury / PolyGram 2:40
Timeless Classics 2004 St. Clair 2:21
Doo Wop, Vol. 2 [Platinum] 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:37
Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:40
Gimme Some Lovin' 2004
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation 2:41
The Best of Soul Ballads [St. Clair 2004] 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:41
The Platters [Platinum Disc] 2004 Platinum Disc 2:23
The Best of the Platters [St. Clair] 2004 St. Clair / Essential Records 2:43
Great Events of the 50s & 60s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:42
Timeless Soul 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 2:41
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
Great Platters 2005 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:04
Golden Era of the 50's [Bonus DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
More Happy Days '50s and '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:38
The Ultimate Doo Wop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:38
Soul 2 Soul 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:23
Soul Ballads [St. Clair] 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:41
Soul: Love Is Best of All 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:26
Music for Lounging 2005
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:38
Doo Wop Era 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:40
Memorable Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:41
R&B: Let's Stay Together 2005
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:35
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Doo Wop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
Platinum Collection 2005 Prime Sound 2:41
Soul Giants [Deuce] 2005
Various Artists
Deuce 2:41
Your Cheatin' Heart [BCI] 2005
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:35
K-Tel Presents: With All My Heart 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood / K-Tel 2:38
No. 1 Golden Chart Toppers 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Golden Legends: Doo Wop Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Best of the Platters [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 2:41
Thank You for Smoking 2006
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 2:40
Forever Gold: The Great Pretender 2006 Trace Records 2:46
9 Top Ten Hits 2006 Direct Source 2:42
Casey Kasem: Driving in the 50s 2006
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:39
The Best of R&B Soul Stars 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:41
Fabulous 50s: Yakety Yak 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:41
Capital Gold 50's Legends 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:36
#1 Hits of the 50s and 60s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
#1 Hits of the 50's and 60's [Madacy CD 1] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
All #1 Hits of the '50s 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
Forever Gold: The Platters 2007 St. Clair 2:40
Top Hits of the 50s: Absolute Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
In Spotlights 2008 GP Serie 2:31
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Mercury 2:41
Eis Am Stiel Very Best Of - Die Schonsten Hits Der Und 60er Jahre! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment / Edel Records 2:34
The Best of the Platters [Collectables] 2008 Collectables
Classic 2009 Spectrum / Mercury / Universal 2:39
50s Jukebox Hits 2009
Various Artists
TIP Records / Dance Street 2:39
Best Of '50s Rock 'N' Roll 2 2009
Various Artists
2:42
The Rock 'n Roll [Box Set] 2009
Various Artists
Music & Melody 2:40
The Collection 2009 The Red Box 2:39
Unforgettable Love Songs [Not Now] 2010
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:39
Old Fashioned Love Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:36
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes EP 2010 Mercury 2:38
Golden Age of Pop: Memories Are Made of This 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
Golden Age of Pop [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
Absolutely the Best of the American Songbook 2011
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:38
Music That Inspired American Graffiti 2012
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:39
Simply Doo Wop 2012
Various Artists
Simply 2:40
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 10: 1959 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:39
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
The Ballads of the Platters 2013 Bear Family Records 2:40
Britain's Greatest Hits 1959 2013
Various Artists
Fabulous 2:40
American Heartbeat 1959 2013
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:39
Icon 2014 Island / Mercury 2:39
The Complete A & B Sides 1953-62 2014 Acrobat Music 2:40
#1's of the 50's
Various Artists
AAO Music 2:41
100 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:39
1950's & 1960's Golden Memories
Various Artists
Play 24-7 2:43
20 Greatest Hits Prism Entertainment
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:36
60 #1 Pop Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:41
All Time Ballads
Various Artists
Universal 2:45
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 9: 1958
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:40
Amor: 60 Romantic Songs
Various Artists
Puzzled Records / Zebralution 2:39
No Image BD Jazz
Best Audiophile Oldies
Various Artists
Premium Records 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
Classic Love Songs of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Time Life 2:39
No Image Pickwick
No Image Jango
Hit Parade [Mercury]
Various Artists
I Am Stressed
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
Legendary Voices
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
No Image
Various Artists
Puzzled Records
Mad Men: Don Draper
Various Artists
Hip-O / Strategic Marketing 2:38
No Image Accord
Remember When [AIM Records] Aim Trading Group Pty, Ltd. / Aim Records 3:03
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 1: 1954-1959
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
The Best of the Platters & the Silhouettes Music & Melody 2:40
The British Hit Parade: 1959-62
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:40
The Great American Songbook [Madacy]
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
The US Hot 100, 3rd Feb. 1959: The Day the Music Died
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:39
No Image Phantom
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 2:38