Your Smiling Face

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"Your Smiling Face"
Dutch cover
Single by James Taylor
from the album JT
B-side "If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight"
Released September, 1977
Genre Disco, funk, soft rock
Length 2:30
Label Columbia/Legacy
Writer(s) James Taylor
Producer(s) Peter Asher
James Taylor singles chronology
"Handy Man"
"Your Smiling Face"
"Honey Don't Leave L.A."

"Your Smiling Face" is a hit single by singer James Taylor. First available on the album JT, and released as the disc's sophomore single in September of 1977, "Your Smiling Face" peaked #11 in Cash Box magazine and at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 near year's end. It reached #11 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.[1][2] On Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, it reached #6.[1][3]

Lines like "Isn't it amazing a man like me can feel this way?" reflect Taylor's surprise at his newfound happiness in his relationship with Carly Simon.[4] Rolling Stone Magazine critic Peter Herbst described it as being "unabashedly happy."[5] However, according to Taylor biographer Timothy White, the song was written for Taylor's and Simon's then three-year-old daughter Sally.[6] White described the song as a "pop sonnet."[6] Taylor described it as a "good, light-hearted pop love song."[6] Herbst praises Taylor's vocal for being " a pretty convincing rock singer" on the song.[5]

"Your Smiling Face" was a fixture in Taylor's live shows, but he had to abandon it for a while because he went through a period where he had difficulty reaching the falsetto notes.[6]

Popular culture[edit]


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  2. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. December 24, 1977. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "RPM Adult Oriented Playlist". Library and Archives Canada. December 10, 1977. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, W. "JT". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  5. ^ a b Herbst, P. (August 11, 1977). "JY". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d White, T. (2009). Long Ago And Far Away: James Taylor - His Life And Music. Omnibus Press. pp. 248–250. ISBN 9780857120069. 
  7. ^ "FM Soundtrack". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  8. ^ O'Neal, S. "10 Underrated South Park Songs". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  9. ^ "VH1 Music Studio: Past Programs and Lesson Plans". VH1. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  10. ^ Brenner, J. (November 22, 2013). "Sesame Street Turns 44: Our Favorite Celebrity Moments!". Parade. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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