Canadian songwriter Ruth Lowe was a trailblazer.

Back in the early 1940s, Lowe took on the male-dominated music business and composed two songs for Frank Sinatra, the first of which helped launch the singer’s career.

Lowe wrote I’ll Never Smile Again in 1940, and it became an instant hit when Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra recorded the song with vocals by a young Sinatra. The song has since become a standard, and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.

In 1943, Lowe teamed up with Paul Mann and Stephan Weiss to write Put Your Dreams Away, which Sinatra initially used as the closing theme for his radio show. It became one of his signature songs, and it was sung at his funeral in 1998.

Author Peter Jennings and Lowe’s son Tom Sandler recently released a book about her journey called Until I Smile at You. The book is available at major retailers, and signed copies can be purchased at

Jennings joined us to offer some insights on Lowe’s inspiring music career.