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    Posted: 26/May/2018 at 21:31
I had long wanted to do this song for Who Did It Better because of its historical place and also because of how much I like Jo Stafford, how much I like the Platters, and appreciate a few other artists who covered this such as Billy Holiday and Frank Sinatra. But my research says that there are 102 versions of this song. 

So... obviously I can't post 102 video links nor expect anybody to listen to them. So I figured I'd post some of my favorite versions and anybody who also has a different version of it can also post a version I didn't cover.  

A bit of historical background for this song. It was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with their backing vocal group at the time, the Pied Pipers, in 1940. According to American Top 40, it had the distinction of having the #1 slot in Billboard's first ever Top 10 charts. See the article link below. 




Sarah Vaughan covered the song in 1956. Later at the start of the rock era, it was covered by The Platters. But also around this time, two former members of the Pied Pipers who later went on to have successful solo careers covered the song. They are Jo Stafford and Frank Sinatra. 

In 1985, Barry Manilow covered a version of the song with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra as backing. 

So here's the versions that I am going to post, in chronological order. But there's also versions by Morgana King, Doris Day, Michael Buble and about 90 something others. 




I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey with the Pied Pipers 







I'll Never Smile Again - Sarah Vaughan 









I'll Never Smile Again - The Platters 








I'll Never Smile Again - Frank Sinatra 








I'll Never Smile Again - Billie Holiday 








I'll Never Smile Again - Little Anthony & The Imperials 






I'll Never Smile Again - Jo Stafford 






I'll Never Smile Again - Barry Manilow 








Listen (to what you can) and vote!!!
 


Edited by Kondor - 26/May/2018 at 21:40

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/May/2018 at 17:43
There's too many to go through. I keep trying to find time to listen to this same song 6 different times, and not getting around to it. That said, I've given each one a cursory listen to see how different they might be and after about 20 seconds or so on each track, I've decided I like Sinatra's version best.
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