[Sheet music] The sunshine of your smile

Accession Number AWM2018.42.3
Collection number Sheet Music Collection 1032
Collection type Published Collection
Object type Sheet Music
Maker Cooke, Leonard
Ray, Lilian
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1913
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Recording provided for personal, non-commercial and commemorative use. Permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use. Attached digital images provided for personal non-commercial use

Sheet music for the song titled 'Sunshine of your smile', with lyrics written by Leonard Cooke and music composed by Lilian Ray. This song was first published in 1913.

Towards the bottom of this page is a sound recording of this sheet music, or a parody, that was created as part of the Music and the First World War project. More information about this recording, including names of the performers, can be found on the catalogue record for the sound recording. A link to the catalogue record for the sound recording can be found at the bottom of this page, under the heading ‘Related objects’ where it can be identified with the prefix [sound recording].

History / Summary

This song was popular at concerts organised and attended by Australian service personnel during the First World War. The first of these was by L S Blakeney at the Aggies concert party performance at the Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, on 26 October 1915. This song was also performed during 1916 by Private Geoffrey Hampton at a concert held aboard HMAT Orsova on 8 April 1916 and by Corporal Benton aboard TSS Demosthenes on 1 July 1916. Mr F Johns sang the song at a concert to commemorate crossing the line aboard HMT Demosthenes on 1 December 1917. A Guest performed this song aboard SS Themistocles on an unknown date while J Drewett also performed it aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 9 March 1918. Private Fritz George Kreutzer performed this song at a concert given by the 4 Australian Brigade Concert Party in France on 14 July 1917. Lance Corporal Benson performed this song in the 28 Battalion Sergeants' Mess on 8 June 1917.

This song was also performed in the revue 'Some', at the Vaudeville Theatre, London during the First World War period by D Greene-Wilkinson. Staff Sergeant Elton, who is believed to have served with British Forces, also performed this song in a concert at the Field Bakeries Sergeants' Mess at North Rouen, France, during Christmas 1916.

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