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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile

By Max Rich, Charles O'Flynn & Jack Meskill
1931

An irresistible example of the fluffy, light-hearted material cranked out by Tin Pan Alley in the height of the Great Depression, this was the kind of song designed to take people's minds off the woes of daily life. With an infectious tune by Brooklyn native Max Rich and irrepressible words by O'Flynn & Meskill, it was immediately picked up by the sweet-style jazz bands of the day. Warner Bros. featured it prominently in the 1931 cartoon of the same name, and it was brought back some 57 years later in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Lyrics:

Smile, darn ya, smile!
You know this whole world is a good world, after all.
Smile, darn ya, smile!
And right away, watch Lady Luck pay you a call.

Things are never black as they are painted.
Time for you and joy to get acquainted.
So make life worthwhile,
Come on and smile, darn ya, smile!

Recorded By:

The Sunshine Boys
Al Bowlly
Ben Selvin
Sammy Davis Jr.
Abe Lyman & His Californians

2 comments:

Pierre Fournier said...

Thanks for posting the link to the Sunshine Boys mp3.

Has to be heard to be believed.

B-Sol said...

I have the Al Bowlly recording, but I thought it would be even more fun to link to this one.

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