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The Way You Look Tonight- Frank Sinatra

May 10, 2022

“The Way You Look Tonight” is a song created from the Swing Time film. The song was composed by Jerome Kern and performed by Astaire; Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics.

In 1936, “The Way You Look Tonight” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Dorothy Field confesses to going out to cry the first time Jerry played this song. She said that the release killed her. She could not stop as it was gorgeous.

Astaire sang “The Way You Look Tonight” for Ginger Rogers when she was cleaning her hair in the neighboring room. The record reached the top of the charts for six weeks in 1936. The versions that got to charts in the same year were by Billie Holiday, Guy Lombardo, and Teddy Wilson.

There is endless information about “The Way You Look Tonight.” Here are helpful facts for learning;

Facts about The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

  • The song was written for the 1936 film Swing Time featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
  • The song was written by Jerome Kern, a successful film composer who wrote “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “Ol Man River.”
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
  • Letterman won a hit with their 1961 version of “The Way You Look Tonight.” Their version was #13 in the US and #36 in the UK chart.
  • Famous versions were also recorded by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett.
  • Frank Sinatra recorded the song for the 1964 album Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses and Moon River.
  • Frank Sinatra revisited the recording in 1988 when he featured in a TV commercial for Michelob’s “The Night Belongs to Michelob” campaign.


Some day, when I’m awfully low

When the world is cold

I will feel a glow just thinking of you

And the way you look tonight

Yes, you’re lovely, with your smile so warm

And your cheeks so soft

There is nothing for me but to love you

And the way you look tonight

With each word your tenderness grows

Tearin’ my fear apart

And that laugh, wrinkles your nose

Touches my foolish heart

Lovely, never, never change

Keep that breathless charm

Won’t you please arrange it?

‘Cause I love you

A-just the way you look tonight

And that laugh that wrinkles your nose

It touches my foolish heart

Lovely, don’t you ever change

Keep that breathless charm

Won’t you please arrange it?

‘Cause I love you

A-just the way you look tonight

Mm, mm, mm, mm,

Just the way you look tonight

1 Comment

  1. Jerry Manning

    It was the way I felt about my true love back in the 50’s, and I told her so…….


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