Jan 25

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

This romantic ballad was popularized by artists like Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole!

Jerome Kern, one of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century,  wrote more than 700 songs, including including such classics as “Ol’ Man River”, “A Fine Romance”, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, “All the Things You Are” and  “The Way You Look Tonight. “ He was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, and won twice. 

At the time of Kern’s death, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was filming a fictionalized version of his life, Till the Clouds Roll By, which was released in 1946 starring Robert Walker as Kern. In the film, Kern’s songs are sung by Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, among others.

Bosendorfer piano sound – For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I’ve ever owned!!