I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN, The Wanderers, Cub #9094 1961 Flipside: A LITTLE TOO LONG Here’s another great uncharted song from my collection. The Wanderers, who all hailed from New York’s Harlem section of Manhattan, began singing in 1952 calling themselves The Barons. Group members were Ray Pollard (lead), Frank Joyner (2nd tenor), Robert Yarborough (baritone) and Sheppard Grant (bass). Through the years, the group would go on to record a lot of great music for many different record labels: Savoy, Onyx, Orbit, Cub, MGM, United Artists and on Decca as The Singing Wanderers.
The Wanderers had 2 songs charted nationally on Billboard. “FOR YOUR LOVE” (Cub #9089) charted May, 1961 for 2 weeks reaching #93 and “THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE” (Cub #9109) charted in Sept., 1962 for 4 weeks reaching #88.
“I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN” is considered to be a standard and was written by Canadian composer Ruth Lowe in 1939. The song was recorded in 1940 for Victor records #26628 by Frank Sinatra/The Pied Pipers with Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra. The song became Frank Sinatra’s 1st #1 record. His version with Tommy Dorsey became so popular in 1958 it was selected as one of the best Pop Songs of all time and was inducted into the American Recording Hall of Fame.
Many other artists recorded “I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN” - Little Anthony/Imperials, The Velours, The Platters, The Ink Spots, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Sara Vaughan, Billie Holiday, just to name a few!
Enjoy this great version of “I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN” with the superb vocal arrangement of The Wanderers and its beautiful string arrangement!