Friday, December 10, 2010
Penny McLean (a.k.a. Gertrude Wirshinger) - "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"1975
disco version of the song written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach for the 1933 musical "Roberta", which became a hit for the Platters in 1958.
Penny McLean's debut album followed hot on the heels of Silver Convention's rise to fame with hits such as Save Me and Fly, Robin, Fly / Tiger Baby. "Lady Bump" was the big hit - and absolutely irresistible mid-70s disco. Pure 5 stars! The follow-up singles "1-2-3-4 Fire!" and "Devil Eyes" obviously built on the same formula and are also very catchy songs - however, they didn't fare as well. In short, all the other songs - including a disco cover version of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (the second single in the US) - are fun and fresh.