The Old Master Painter

"The Old Master Painter" is a song composed by Beasley Smith with lyrics by Haven Gillespie about a spiritual rendering of a sunset which evokes God.[1][2] Published in 1949, it has since been recorded by many different artists, including Jackie Paris, Richard Hayes, Frank Sinatra, Snooky Lanson, Peggy Lee, Phil Harris and Mel Tormé.[1]

"The Old Master Painter"
Composer(s)Beasley Smith
Lyricist(s)Haven Gillespie

In 1966, the Beach Boys recorded the song as "My Only Sunshine" in medley with "You Are My Sunshine" during sessions for their unfinished concept album Smile.[3]


  1. ^ a b Giddins 2004, p. 563.
  2. ^ Furia 2002, p. 182.
  3. ^ Badman 2004, p. 161.


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