Jerome Kern co-wrote “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” for the 1938 musical ROBERTA. The Platters resurrected the forgotten tune in late 1958 and released their version as a single. Kern’s widow was planning to sue until the royalty checks started arriving.
“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” sold well over a million copies and on January 19, 1959, became the number one song in the United States. It remained on top of the BILLBOARD Hot 100 for three weeks.
The Platters were a traditional vocal group who had there greatest popularity in the last half of the 1950’s. Lead singer Tony Williams left the group in 1960. Mercury sued him for breach of contract but Williams won as he stated the Platters were signed to the label but not the individual members. It proved to be a land mark decision in the music industry.