Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday Theme Song...smoke gets in...

RIP Herb Reed, last surviving member of a singing group that's been part of my life for more than 50 years. I've linked his name here to yesterday's story in one of the papers for which I worked in the 60s and 70s.
Wikipedia says this about Herb, who is the one who came up with the name The Platters: He was the only member of The Platters who sang on all of the approximately 400 songs recorded by the group.
When I was young, I was amazed by the vocalization in this song in particular, and I am still impressed by the range and talent today. Oh, how I wished I could sing, but, alas, I could only memorize lyrics, not carry a tune. The Platters did more than carry the tune, they made it soar.
I've tried to get the song from YouTube but I keep getting a message saying it is currently unavailable, so I assume the whole world is trying to do the same thing, all at once, and YouTube can't handle the volume. I'm hoping someone else has posted it to Hootin' Anni's Thursday Theme Song.

They asked me how I knew

My true love was true

I of course replied
Something here inside cannot be denied 
They said someday you'll find
All who love are blind

when your heart's on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes
So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed
To think they could doubt my love
Yet today my love has flown away
I am without my love
Now laughing friends deride
Tears I can not hide

so I smile and say
When a lovely flame dies
Smoke gets in your eyes

Smoke gets in your eyes 

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Madi and Mom said...

The Platterswere always played I my house. My dad loved to sing along too. This is one of my favorites. On the weekends local radio station plays 50s and 60s music.
Hugs madi and mom

diane b said...

The Platters were my favourite group. A sad day.


Excellent....a great memorial to a great singer and group. The sky looks peaceful...and smokey, at the same time.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is the song that makes me think of my parents the stepfather could sing EXACTLY like the Platters, he had the most beautiful voice.

Linda said...

What a beautiful song...and a great photo there! I had not heard the sad. The greats are all dying off it seems!

Daryl Edelstein said...

its one of my favorites ...