Monday 22 August 2011
Tune of the Day: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest R. Ball, arranged for flute and piano
This lighthearted song in tribute to Ireland was composed by Ernest Ball, with lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr., for Olcott's production of The Isle O' Dreams. It was first published in 1912, at a time when songs in tribute to a romanticized Ireland were very numerous and popular both in Britain and the United States. The song continued to be a familiar standard for generations, and has been recorded on over 200 singles and albums and by many famous singers, including Bing Crosby and the famous tenor John McCormack.